Bilingual Education For Deaf Children

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English is an interesting language ,English is comprised of many different words from different languages all mashed up and mixed together. English is a very hard language to learn, especially if you can’t hear it. How easy would it be to confuse a “B” with a “P” they sound similar and when trying to lip read how can you tell the difference? I feel that young Deaf/hard of hearing students should be taught by a Deaf teacher or a child of a Deaf adult (C.O.D.A) teacher is important because ASL is the first step to learning English and becoming bilingual. According to the article Why Schools for Deaf Children Should Hire Deaf Teachers: A Preschool Issue By Courtney Shantie and Robert Hoffmeister, the authors state “This paper will focus on the theories and facts behind why bilingual education for Deaf children is the best option” (Shantie and Hoffmeister, 2003). I feel that the topic of if Deaf/hard of hearing students being taught by Deaf/C.O.D.A teachers is very important because it is the best way to help students succeed. The article talks about why Deaf students’ teachers should be a C.O.D.A or be Deaf. A C.O.D.A or child of a Deaf adult is someone who grew up with one or both parents being Deaf and is a hearing person. Deaf/hard of hearing students being taught by a Deaf/C.O.D.A teacher is important because when teaching Deaf students, a language model is needed. Without a language model who would the students have to look up to for help not only with ASL but with
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