Deaf Education and Challenges for Bilingual/Multilingual Students

  • 10h 40m
  • Millicent Malinda Musyoka
  • IGI Global
  • 2022

Biliteracy, or the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking competencies in more than one language, is a complex and dynamic process. The process is even more challenging when the languages used in the literacy process differ in modality. Biliteracy development among deaf students involves the use of visual languages (i.e., sign languages) and auditory languages (spoken languages). Deaf students' sign language proficiency is strongly related to their literacy abilities. The distinction between bilingualism and multilingualism is critical to our understanding of the underserved, the linguistic deficit, and the underachievement of deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) immigrant students, thus bringing the multilingual and immigrant aspect into the research on deaf education. Multilingual and immigrant students may face unique challenges in the course of their education. Hence, in the education of D/HH students, the intersection of issues such as biculturalism/multiculturalism, bilingualism/multilingualism, and immigration can create a dilemma for teachers and other stakeholders working with them.

Deaf Education and Challenges for Bilingual/Multilingual Students is an essential reference book that provides knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching multicultural, multilingual, and immigrant deaf and hard of hearing students globally and identifies the challenges facing the inclusion needs of this population. This book fills a current gap in educational resources for teaching immigrant, multilingual, and multicultural deaf students in learning institutions all over the world. Covering topics such as universal design for learning, inclusion, literacy, and language acquisition, this text is crucial for classroom teachers of deaf or hard of hearing students, faculty in deaf education programs, language instructors, students, pre-service teachers, researchers, and academicians.

About the Author

Millicent M. Musyoka, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Deaf Studies & Deaf Education department at Lamar University. She has a Ph. D. in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University. Dr. Musyoka was a Deaf education leader in Kenya, where she worked as the lead curriculum specialist in Deaf education at the Kenya Institute of Education, Curriculum, and Research Center. Currently, she teaches in the graduate and doctoral programs in Deaf Education at Lamar University. Her research interests are in the early language and literacy development of deaf children, deaf with multiple disabilities, multicultural education, teacher training, and online learning and teaching.

In this Book

  • Challenges and Opportunities with Deaf Multilingual Learners
  • Confronting Assumptions in Immigrant Multilingual Deaf Education—Redefining Deaf Education
  • Multilingual Ability among Deaf Students in Multicultural Education Contexts—Policies and Principles for Teaching
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education for Deaf Students, Linguistic Minorities
  • Literacy and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Multilingual Learners
  • Wholistic Planning and Literacy Assessment for Bi/Multilingual and Bi/Multicultural DHH Students—Authentic and Individualized Strategies
  • Literacy Strategies for the d/DHH/EL Population
  • Bilingualism, Deafness, and Literacy—Four Assumptions and Four Responses
  • Using Family-Centered Practices to Increase Language Access for Multilingual Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children
  • Family-Centered Intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Multilingual Learners
  • Families of Deaf Children with Co-Occurring Disabilities
  • African American Parents’ Perceptions of Early Literacy Strategies
  • Universal Design for Learning and Technology in Deaf Education
  • Examining Fatigue for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Through Universal Design for Learning
  • Deaf Culture in Inclusive Schools
  • Compilation of References


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