Saturday, January 25, 2014

Program at School of the Arts opens doors to learning and life for deaf students

These deaf kids are learning English at the same time as learning sign language.  Wow!- - Donna Poisl

by Jennifer Berry Hawes

The mostly silent but highly animated razzing among four deaf and hard-of-hearing high schoolers is interrupted by a teacher's question:
How much sign language do your parents know?

All four move their hands in the universal so-so gesture with facial expressions that indicate this to be a generous estimate.

It's why many students arrive here, at the Charleston County School District's Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program, without knowing a first language at all. Deaf children cannot learn English through hearing conversations. They learn what someone specifically tells them.
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