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Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers

Sue Livingston

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Livingston, who teaches writing to Deaf students, distills her experience in this book and accompanying student CD workbook. For Deaf students using American Sign Language. written English is a second language that they must learn, in the first hundred pages. a discussion of writing research is illustrated by examples of student essays. Livingston then reproduces pages from the 134-page workbook with the correct responses. Livingston describes print as “being a supplemental mother tongue for Deaf students” and gives an example of a Deaf student who was exposed to meaningful language through word-picture cards rather than through learning individual letters. She emphasizes the need for having students read models of good writing as a way of learning the craft. Citing Michael Lewis, she notes that “an advanced language user is not someone who knows more words or grammatical rules but someone who knows more phrases, or chunks of language, and how to use them accurately.” Central to her method of teaching are 20 “X words” that appear again and again in writing: the “do,” “have,” “be” and modal (e.g., “will,” “can,” “shall”) families that students need to learn how to use and on which her workbook focuses. Summing Up: Recommended. Professional collections.

Sue Livingston is Professor, Program for Deaf Adults, LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York, NY.

ISBN 978-1-56368-466-1, 8˝ x 11 paperback, 224 pages, figures, appendices, index, writing activities CD

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