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The Why and How of an ASL-English Bimodal Bilingual Program

Presented by:

Dr. Laurene Simms, professor, Department of Education, Gallaudet University
Susanne Scott, cochlear implant/bilingual specialist, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

When: May 18

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Ole Jim, Gallaudet University
Cost: FREE
Register at: http://bit.ly/ASLENGworkshop

This workshop:

  • will provide participants with an overview of an ASL/English bimodal bilingual educational approach for early childhood through early elementary age children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This approach includes establishment of language foundations and access to learning through two modalities (spoken and visual) and two languages (ASL and English).
  • will describe the components of an ASL/English bimodal bilingual approach and the benefits of using this approach for children with a wide range of characteristics--from those who have minimal access to spoken language through hearing aids and cochlear implants to those who benefit greatly from these technologies.
  • will share the recommended components of a systematic language planning process integral to effectively implementing an ASL/English bimodal bilingual program.

Considerations for implementing this approach in a variety of educational settings will be discussed. Videos of bimodal bilingual strategies will be shared. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss application of workshop content to their own educational settings.