Deaf international students at RIT/NTID and their perceptions about learning English

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Title: Deaf international students at RIT/NTID and their perceptions about learning English
Author: Zangana, Argiroula
Abstract: Deaf international students are a vital part of the student population at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Those students arrive at RIT with a variety of English skills and at various levels. The objective of this study is to investigate how deaf international students improve their English skills once they arrive at RIT /NTID. Did they improve their English skills through Spoken American English, American Sign Systems (i.e. American Sign Language and/or Signed English), and/or English classes from NTID/RIT? Furthermore, participants were asked how they felt about learning English and if their feelings changed while attending NTID/RIT. Participants were selected by responding to a formal e-mail announcing the nature of this study and its goal. Data were collected, analyzed and placed into thematic categories related to learning English, communication styles and feelings about improving their English. Findings show that, unlike American deaf students (Meath-Lang, 1980), deaf international students have generally positive experiences related to learning English. However, their responses indicate confusing views about using sign language.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/1089
Date: 2005-09-28

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