Teaching and Learning in Bilingual Classrooms: New Scholarship, the 20th volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series, explores the effectiveness of the new initiative known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). “SoTL refers to scholarly inquiry into practices of teaching and student learning,” describes volume editor Kristin J. Mulrooney. “This research is then made public for review, critique, discussion, replication, and improvement. The goal is to carefully examine what happens when students and teachers come together in the classroom, in all manifestations of what a classroom today may entail.”
Teaching and Learning in Bilingual Classrooms describes the work of five faculty members representing four different disciplines in the SoTL research initiated at Gallaudet University, called GSTLI. “The point of GSTLI,” explains Mulrooney, “was to begin to understand how teaching and learning happens in classrooms such as ours. Some initial questions included: How do Gallaudet’s most effective teachers meet the needs of visually oriented and linguistically diverse learners? What pedagogical practices do Gallaudet faculty use to ensure ‘Universal Design for Learning’ where all learning opportunities are presented in a fully accessible and engaging manner for diverse learning styles? How does the unique visual learning environment of Gallaudet classrooms shed new light on the visual nature of learning in general? In what ways can language in the visual-gestural modality benefit teaching and learning as it exploits the visual/spatial nature of our experience? In what way can visual media support learning, and in what ways can deaf media provide unique, honed visual language of communication across linguistic barriers, leading toward an accelerated learning of English?”
“The Art of Being Deaf: A Memoir is not your usual story of growing up deaf in a hearing world,” notes the review in The Midwest Book Review, “but begins at the author’s age of 45, when a consultation with a psychologist over romance woes brought to light her internal barrier between her deaf-self and her hearing persona. Having grown up in an oral deaf school since the age of three, learning to communicate only in spoken English, [Donna] McDonald eventually excelled at speech reading and was continually proving herself in the hearing world. Despite (or perhaps because of) her successes, she closed off her feelings about being deaf. This memoir is her attempt to reconcile her deaf identity with her hearing-deaf persona, and offers a compelling narrative readers will find engrossing.” Read more about McDonald’s story in the prologue and chapter one now, and order your copy of The Art of Being Deaf.
In Our Hands: Educating Healthcare Interpreters, edited by Laurie Swabey and Karen Malcolm, provides a standardized body of knowledge on healthcare interpreting. In its current issue, Interpreting, the International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting states: “The main objective of this volume, which emerges clearly from every contribution, is to share information and recommendations for educators of sign language interpreters, with a view to improving medical interpreting skills. The factual advice and different experiences provided in each chapter should be inspirational for educators seeking information to create specific healthcare-oriented training programmers for sign language interpreters in countries where no such training is yet provided. The volume’s main strength is the wealth of experiences offered: this makes it recommended reading for all interpreter trainers, whether dealing with signed or spoken language interpreting.” Read more about this volume, the fifth in the Interpreter Education series, and order In Our Hands.