Teaching sign language to hearing parents of deaf children

An action research process

Jemina Napier*, Greg Leigh, Sharon Nann

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    Abstract

    This paper provides an overview of the challenges in learning a signed language as a second language, in particular for hearing parents with deaf children, and details an action research process that led to the design of a new curriculum for teaching Australian Sign Language (Auslan) to the families of deaf children. The curriculum was developed through research and consultation with various stakeholders. Implementation of the curriculum confirmed a lack of resources, leading to further research and the development of family-specific resources for teaching and learning Auslan. The process of development of these resources has potential application for other signed language teachers, researchers, teachers of the deaf and associated professionals who are working with families in their learning of a signed language.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-100
    Number of pages18
    JournalDeafness and Education International
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

    Keywords

    • Action research
    • Curriculum
    • Language teaching
    • Parents
    • Sign language

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