After a few months of studying the interior of composition classrooms and it’s comprised teaching strategies through the many years, our class has never come across an article that addresses the composition classroom composed of deaf students.
[The ListServ asks:]
“Is anyone familiar with a first-semester writing course taught for ASL-speaking students or the same course for hearing-impaired students (as a section, not simply with accommodations within a standard course)?” – Bruce Martin, Lone Star College
The field of composition is going through an identity crisis, always changing and adding more to it’s discipline as we discover more and more about the development of writing. A lot of questions are asked and observed but many are left unanswered. ASL, clearly is now added as a representation of a lost identity in the field of composition.
The first response Martin received was “I have never explored this question but it reminds me of great works of a writing minor.” ----I’m sorry but what kind of answer is that. As diversity in classrooms populate so won’t ASL and ESL and other disabilities that can alter the world of writing. We need more composition classes to accommodate all.
Although it's not heavily explored in the field, I do not want anyone to be mistaken that it does not exist. Below is a video of an ASL class using their language at large! Watch and explore ASL!
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