Language Characteristics of d/hh Students

Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World

This book takes a very human look at two students and a teacher at Lexington School for the Deaf. Their culture, their lives and their language are brought to life on the pages. Chapter 10 Stupid English describes many of the characteristics of the language skills of d/hh students. The author beautifully describes the classroom setting in which the top level English students are having a grammar lesson. Her narrative style keeps you reading while the patterns of the problems with English are evident. The lesson is also a terrific example of a bilingual classroom and how a strong base in one language (ASL) can assist in teaching the second (English).

Highlights of the information:

Cohen, Leah Hager (1994). Train Go Sorry: inside a deaf world.New York: Houghton Mifflin Co.

Insights:

Since it is not possible to see all classroom situations and certainly not for a length of time that would allow much of an understanding of the teacher, philosophies, or the students and their characteristics, books like this one can provide a greater knowledge and understanding about characteristics we might never have looked at in our own classroom or school community.