Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Literacy in three languages.

From the Boston Globe, a story, posted on October 30, 2005, about an immigrant from Mexico who hoped her son would be able to quickly pick up English. The story, entitled "Signs of Literacy," reports that the problem was she found out her son was severely deaf. However, thanks to a program between Northern Essex Community College and Gallaudet University, her son can now learn his literacy skills. This program "gives parents tips on how they can introduce literacy to their deaf children using children's books. Each month, the school hosts classes that help parents with sign language, show them ways to improve students' reading skills, and provide a chance for deaf children and deaf adults to interact with one another." This unique program is provided in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. This free program has been in place for two years, and it involves the whole family.

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