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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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