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Effectiveness of the Use of Sign Language in Teaching Writing Skills in the Korean Language

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2009, 10(2), pp.231-256
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

김응범 1

1단국대학교 특수교육과

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ABSTRACT

We investigated the effectiveness of using sign language in teaching writing in the Korean language to deaf students who are regular users of sign language. 30 middle and high school students enrolled in deaf schools were given writing skill sessions through the use of sign language and it was found that their overall writing skills improved. Based on our findings, we provide the following as guidelines for teachers to help students learn to compose grammatically correct sentences: (1) use sign language as a means of teaching and, importantly, use standardized sign words and sentences; (2) help understand the difference in words, word order, and sentence pattern between the spoken and sign languages; (3) help understand the difference in sentence elements, tense, and composition of sentence between two languages; (4) help understand a word by relating its written form and the corresponding sign; (5) help understand the functions of postpositions and word endings and relate their written forms to the corresponding signs or fingerspells; and (6) help understand that words in spoken language are inflective unlike in sign language.

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