Course: DEAF 406. The Deaf Learner (3)
Prerequisites: DEAF 281, DEAF 360. This course examines the linguistic, historical, social and educational development of the Deaf learner. Students are exposed to various perspectives and practices of the traditional and current systems for educating Deaf youngsters. Particular attention on the importance of maximizing visual input for the Deaf learner as part of his/her cognitive development. Students learn how the environments promoting deaf bilingualism enhance the Deaf learner linguistically, socially, emotionally and educationally in terms of grade-level academic achievement, participation in both Deaf and hearing worlds and fluency in both languages: ASL and English.