Journal Article

The Signed Reading Fluency of Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Susan R. Easterbrooks and Sandra G. Huston

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 13, issue 1, pages 37-54
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enm030
The Signed Reading Fluency of Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

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Reading fluency in deaf children whose primary mode of communication is visual, whether English-like or American Sign Language, is difficult to measure since most measures of fluency require a child to read aloud. This article opens the discussion of a new construct, namely, signed reading fluency (i.e., rendering of printed text in a visually fluent manner) in children with hearing loss whose primary means of expressive language includes some form of sign. Further, it describes the development of an assessment rubric to measure signed reading fluency. A comparison of fluency scores and scores on tests of vocabulary and text comprehension of 29 middle school students who attended a school for the deaf indicated that signed reading fluency, as defined and measured by this instrument, correlates highly both with word and passage comprehension.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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