Presentation Title

Target Language Aquisition Methodology Regarding Spanish Speaking Families with Deaf Children

Advisor Information

Arturo Miranda

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 112

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-3-2014 1:45 PM

End Date

7-3-2014 2:00 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this research project is to provide a methodology for assisting Spanish speaking families who need to communicate with their deaf children through American Sign Language (ASL). Until now, there have been no materials created specifically for adult learners, for whom Spanish is their first language, to learn American Sign Language. Using second language acquisition (SLA) theory from prominent theorists such as Krashen and Ellis, an activity and vocabulary book was created. All text in the book is written in Spanish as to easily facilitate the acquisition of a second language through the parent’s first language. The book contains four chapters each addressing a part of daily life as a parent. More than 150 vocabulary words are presented in this book for beginners by means of photos and written descriptions. The written descriptions and activities utilize the theory of tapping into an adult’s vast experiences to aid in making connections to the content. In addition to the aforementioned components there are children’s literature recommendations, at home activity suggestions to promote communication between parents and their children, manipulatives, and a DVD that demonstrates the signs in motion. The product of this research project will be used at Boys Town National Research Hospital and will fill the need for instructional materials statewide. It is to be noted that thorough research has shown that the void of ASL instructional materials for Spanish speakers will be filled nationally as well.

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Winner of Meritorious Undergraduate Oral Presentation

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Target Language Aquisition Methodology Regarding Spanish Speaking Families with Deaf Children

UNO Criss Library, Room 112

The purpose of this research project is to provide a methodology for assisting Spanish speaking families who need to communicate with their deaf children through American Sign Language (ASL). Until now, there have been no materials created specifically for adult learners, for whom Spanish is their first language, to learn American Sign Language. Using second language acquisition (SLA) theory from prominent theorists such as Krashen and Ellis, an activity and vocabulary book was created. All text in the book is written in Spanish as to easily facilitate the acquisition of a second language through the parent’s first language. The book contains four chapters each addressing a part of daily life as a parent. More than 150 vocabulary words are presented in this book for beginners by means of photos and written descriptions. The written descriptions and activities utilize the theory of tapping into an adult’s vast experiences to aid in making connections to the content. In addition to the aforementioned components there are children’s literature recommendations, at home activity suggestions to promote communication between parents and their children, manipulatives, and a DVD that demonstrates the signs in motion. The product of this research project will be used at Boys Town National Research Hospital and will fill the need for instructional materials statewide. It is to be noted that thorough research has shown that the void of ASL instructional materials for Spanish speakers will be filled nationally as well.