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Language Assessment Tools

  • By: Tobias Haug & Wolfgang Mann
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

There is a growing need among teachers and other practitioners in deaf education for instruments to assess sign language development. This need follows the implementation of sign language as a means of communication and instruction in schools for the deaf in many countries. Currently, only a small number of sign language tests are commercially available and also suitable for school use. In this entry, we present examples of sign language assessments that have been developed for use in schools. In addition, we discuss key issues related to the availability and usability of these tests in schools, followed by issues regarding test development and diversity of the target population of a sign language test. We conclude with the implementation of information and communication technologies in sign ...

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