Mini-Course: Challenging Situations


6 - Hearing and Language Challenges

Speech and language challenges: American Sign Language & English as a second language (continued)

ASL is a language that is not voiced and is different from spoken English in:
  • Vocabulary
  • Syntax
  • Grammar, and
  • Sentence structure
The language in your classroom may be as unfamiliar to the child with a cochlear implant who uses ASL as to your other English as a second language (ESL) students.

Talk to the parents and see if you can learn some key signs like "Listen. Repeat. Bathroom. Eat. Write. Read. Friend. Great job! Help."

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