This collection unites expert scholars in a comprehensive survey of critical topics in bilingual deaf education. Drawing on the work of Dr. Robert Hoffmeister, chapters explore the concept that a strong first language is critical to later learning and literacy development. In thought-provoking essays, authors discuss the theoretical underpinnings of bilingual deaf education, teaching strategies for deaf students, and the unique challenges of signed language assessment. Essential for anyone looking to expand their understanding of bilingualism and deafness, this volume reflects Dr. Hoffmeister’s impact on the field while demonstrating the ultimate resilience of human language and literacy systems.
Part 1: Seaworthy Construction: Theoretical Underpinnings of Bilingual Deaf Education 1. Two Centuries of Deaf Education and Deaf Agency in the United States 2. Sign Language Acquisition in Context 3. Iconicity: A Threat to ASL Recognition or a Window into Human Language Acquisition 4. The Acquisition of Motion Events in Verbs of Motion 5. Sustained Visual Attention in Deaf Children: A Deafcentric Perspective 6. Theoretical Underpinnings of Acquiring English via Print Part 2: Launching the Voyage: Bilingual Teaching Strategies for Deaf Students 7. Revisiting Rethinking Literacy 8. How Can You Talk About Bilingual Education of the Deaf If You Do Not Teach Sign Language as a First Language? 9. The Bedrock Literacy Curriculum 10. Crossing the Divide: The Bilingual Grammar Curriculum 11. The Relationship Between ASL Fluency and English Literacy 12. Using ASL to Navigate the Semantic Circuit in the Bilingual Mathematics Classroom Part 3: Sailing into the Wind: Challenges of Signed Language Assessment 13. Building the ASL Assessment Instrument 14. Assessing ASL Vocabulary Development 15. Assessing ASL: Comprehension, Narrative, and Phonological Awareness 16. The Legacy of Robert Hoffmeister: On the Importance of Supporting Deaf Scholars