Language use in the classroom: accommodating the needs of diverse learners
In this presentation language use by teachers in classroom interaction with deaf learners will be discussed. The functions language serves in the classroom will be outlined. Subsequently, the merits of sign language, spoken language and simultaneous communication will be dealt with in relation to instruction, collaborative learning, and learning gain. The consequences of the large variation in language proficiency in deaf learners when they enter school and progress through education will be addressed. Principles that may help teachers in the selection of effective tricky mixes of classroom language will be outlined, helping to avoid a 'one size fits all' solution.