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Working the Text

A New Instructional Guide Bridges the Work Between Reading and Writing for Deaf, Second-Language, and Other Students

In Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers, author Sue Livingston reveals that, out of 38 years instructing Deaf students, it wasn’t until the last eight years that she learned how to successfully integrate the teaching of grammar with the teaching of good writing. “I knew that my students needed to learn basic grammatical principles of written English as well as the craft of essay writing,” Livingston reveals, “but I was stymied by the questions of what grammatical principles to teach and how to teach them so that students could actually use them to make their essays clearer.” After being introduced to X-Word Grammar by a respected colleague and teacher of English as a Second Language, Livingston realized that this same “teacher-friendly, clear, and engaging” approach could be adapted to teach other students who can read and analyze written texts.

Livingston further explains that “X-Word Grammar simplifies grammar by systematizing it. Its elements come together to make constructions bigger, relatable, and clearly visual. It doesn’t burden students with trying to figure out how very discrete and disparate rules apply to writing; instead, it shows them how these bigger constructions are patterns in the language and how these patterns are very much dependent on one another.”

Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers features carefully crafted exercises using the X-Word Grammar approach to help students discover common language constructions that they can apply to their own writing. It also includes both in print and on a special CD all of the exercises and appendices in the Working Text: X-Word Grammar and Writing Activities for Students workbook described below.

View the table of contents and read chapter one “The What and Why of Writing Instruction” from the teacher’s guide. Reserve Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers at a 20% savings off the regular price. For online reservations, type “MAY2010” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the “checkout” button. You may also reserve by mail.


Working Text: X-Word Grammar and Writing Activities for Students features 86 X-Word Grammar reading and writing exercises divided into five parts of increasing complexity. Deaf, second-language, and other students experiencing difficulty with English composition can perform these exercises as homework or as in-class activities. Through these exercises, they can master English grammar, improve their facility with language constructions, and meet the challenges of becoming better writers. Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers, along with this companion student workbook, will help Deaf, second-language, and other students develop into markedly better, more confident writers.

Use your exclusive subscriber discount to receive a savings of 20% off when you reserve Working Text: X-Word Grammar and Writing Activities for Students online or by mail. When reserving online, type “MAY2010” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the “checkout” button.


Deaf People Around the World: Educational and Social Perspectives showcases leading researchers from 30 nations who describe the shared developmental, social, and educational issues facing deaf people filtered through the prism of unique national, regional, ethnic, and racial realities. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education described Deaf People Around the World in these terms: “Almost any conversation or discussion about the present status of Deaf Education involves how various nations in the world compare with the United States and other countries with respect to educational and social issues. The ability to compare and contrast these perspectives on a global basis has been limited up to now because there has not existed a ‘centralized’ baseline of information on these issues until this book. [Donald F.] Moores and [Margery S.] Miller have compiled a comprehensive summary from more than 50 professional colleagues and scholars on critical issues that currently impact Deaf Education around the world. The editors and contributors are to be commended for their efforts.” Read more about this collection in a chapter from Part 5: International Developments, and order Deaf People Around the World.


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