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Teacher Training, Bilingual

  • By: Petra M. Horn-Marsh
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

In American education, there has been a proliferation of deaf children, many who are bilinguals attending public schools and schools for the deaf. Unfortunately, because of hundreds of years of audism in America that any language other than English is considered inferior, politicians and educators rarely instill bilingualism or multilingualism in children and adults. The presence of linguicism, which is a form of prejudice based on language in schools, magnifies the plight of deaf bilingual children. Their plight consists of the experience of linguistic and cultural oppression in the realm of academics and in the community.

Too often, most deaf bilingual children struggle academically due to inappropriate academic and linguistic alignments. This is a significant factor in leading deaf children to drop out of school, or ...

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