Implementation of Indian Sign Language in educational settings

Zeshan, Ulrike orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8438-3701, Vasishta, M. N and Sethna, M (2005) Implementation of Indian Sign Language in educational settings. Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, 16 (1). pp. 16-40.

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This article reports on several sub-projects of research and development related to the use of Indian Sign Language in educational settings. In many countries around the world, sign languages are now recognised as the legitimate, full-fledged languages of the deaf communities that use them. In India, the development of sign language resources and their application in educational contexts, is still in its initial stages. The work reported on here, is the first principled and comprehensive effort of establishing educational programmes in Indian Sign Language at a national level. Programmes are of several types: a) Indian Sign Language instruction for hearing people; b) sign language teacher training programmes for deaf people; and c) educational materials for use in schools for the Deaf. The conceptual approach used in the programmes for deaf students is known as bilingual education, which emphasises the acquisition of a first language, Indian Sign Language, alongside the acquisition of spoken languages, primarily in their written form.

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