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Palgrave Macmillan

Teaching and Learning Signed Languages

International Perspectives and Practices

ISBN 9781137312488
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This international collection of research from the field of signed language teaching fills a gap in the applied linguistics literature. While signed language teaching has rapidly established an accepted place in the academic domain of second language teaching, pedagogy has widely been shaped by conventional practices, available teaching curricula, and findings from descriptive linguistic research. In general, developments in curricula, teaching approaches, and assessment have been relatively unmediated by applied, empirical research on learning and teaching. Teaching and Learning Signed Languages contributes to expanding an emerging research literature on contemporary practices and issues in the teaching and learning of signed languages. 11 chapters by authors in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America address the following themes:

Training of signed language teachers 
Contexts for signed language teaching and learning
Application of digital tools at the research-teaching nexus
Learner perspectives 
Effects of first and second languages and modality in signed language instruction
Formative assessment

David McKee is Director of the Deaf Studies Research Unit in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. David has taught signed language and Deaf Studies since the 1970s in the USA and in New Zealand and trained Deaf signed language teachers in New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

Russell S. Rosen is Assistant Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is the co-ordinator and founder of the Program in the Teaching of American Sign Language as a Foreign Language. He has published research articles in Deaf Studies, American Sign Language Teaching, and Disability Studies, presented papers in national and international conferences; and is a board member at several educational and social institutions.

Rachel McKee is Programme Director of Deaf Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has co-founded programs in signed language interpreting and Deaf Studies, including signed language teaching, and is qualified as a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and ASL interpreter. Her research publications span description and use of NZSL and interpreting.

1. Swedish Sign Language as a Second Language; Anna-Lena Nilsson and Krister Schönström
2. Developing the Deaf World; David McKee and James Woodward
3. Educating the Trainers of British Sign Language Tutors; Gary A. Quinn and Graham H. Turner
4. Using Corpus-Based Research to Inform the Teaching of Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as a Second Language; Donovan Cresdee and Trevor Johnston
5. Elca – An E-learning Unit for Acquiring Constructed Action; Renate Fischer and Anke Müller
6. Transcription as a Tool for Increasing Metalinguistic Awareness in Learners of German Sign Language as a Second Language; Thomas Kaul, Reiner Griebel and Emily Kaufman
7. Native Language, Target Language and the Teaching and Learning of American Sign Language Vocabulary Russell S. Rosen, Mary Delouise, Amanda Boyle and Kerry Daley
8. Hearing Parents as Plurilingual Learners of ASL; Kristin Snoddon
9. Learner Autonomy in New Zealand Sign Language Interpreting Students; Lynette Pivac
10. Teaching British Sign Language as a Second Language to Deaf Sign Language Users; Jens Hessmann and Liesbeth Pyfers
11. Formative Assessment for Student Progress and Program Improvement in L2 Sign Language Programs; David H. Smith And Jeffrey E. Davis

Amanda T. Boyle, Little Rascals Learning Center
Donovan Cresdee, Macquarie University
Kerry Daley, Dowling College
Jeffrey Davis, University of Tennessee, USA
Mary-Kate DeLouise, Mary McDowell Friends School
Renate Fischer, University of Hamburg, Germany
Reiner Griebel, University of Cologne, Germany
Jens Hessmann, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Trevor Johnston, Macquarie University, Australia
Emily Kaufmann, University of Cologne, Germany
Thomas Kaul, University of Cologne, Germany
David McKee, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Rachel McKee, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Anke Müller, the University of Hamburg, Germany
Anna-Lena Nilsson, Stockholm University, Sweden
Lynette Pivac, AUT University, New Zealand
Liesbeth Pyfers, Pragma, the Netherlands
Gary A. Quinn, University of Edinburgh, UK
Russell S. Rosen, Columbia University, USA
Krister Schönström, Stockholm University, Sweden
David H. Smith, University of Tennessee, USA
Kristin Snoddon, Ryerson University, Canada
Graham H. Turner, Heriot-Watt University, UK
James Woodward, the Chinese University of Hong Kong


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