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July 6 - July 27, 2020

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Discover the multilingual world of babies in this online course taught by Dr. Deborah Chen Pichler.

Learning Language by Eye or by Ear is a one-credit course designed to introduce the layperson to the basics of first language acquisition, focusing on sign language acquisition as the point of departure. The first few lectures of the course will provide a crash-course in linguistics for beginners, as well as provide background for the importance of studying child language development, particularly in the context of deafness and sign language. The remainder of the course is organized chronologically, from birth to 36 months, highlighting the major developmental milestones for each age and expanding to discuss current research on selected topics of interest for each age period.  Dr. Pichler conducts the course in English and American Sign Language.  Interaction will take place in person and via email, discussion boards, chat rooms, video conferencing, and other forums.

High school diploma or GED
COURSE: PST 375-OL1 (1 credit)
TEXTBOOK: Sign Language Acquisition by Deaf and Hearing Children, a video book in ASL and voiced English available for streaming from - ($75 for lifetime access, $35 for 4-week access)
RID CMP: Gallaudet University is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 1.5 CEUs at the introductory content knowledge level. Please click here for the  Academic Coursework Activity Report Form.

RECENT WEBCASTS: Part I (31 mins) and Part II (28 mins)