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Title: The language skills of Singaporean deaf children using total communication
Keywords: Singapore, deaf, SEE 2, written language, grammar, information
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2004
Citation: PHUA SU YIN, MANDY (2004-04-15). The language skills of Singaporean deaf children using total communication. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: There is currently little research on the development of language skills by deaf Singaporean children. Children in one of Singaporea??s schools for the deaf are taught Signing Exact English 2 (SEE 2). The efficacy of learning English through SEE 2 in this school was investigated by analysing 31 deaf childrena??s signed and written responses to Renfrewa??s Action Picture Test. The data showed that the children were delayed in language relative to unilingual hearing peers for information and grammar in both signed and written English. Information content was found to be stronger than grammar content and similar across modalities, but written grammar scores were significantly better than signed grammar scores. This pattern of performance, with a detailed investigation of verb usage, suggests that the children have difficulties learning English through SEE 2, which is complicated by the language situation in Singapore.
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