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IDeALL

Immigrant Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students as Additional Language Learners

Despite being a worldwide concern, there is a dearth of research regarding the linguistic development and education of newly immigrated d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (Dhh) students. This group is educated without reliable information about their different written language, spoken language and sign language acquisition trajectories, language profiles, and school success. In addition, there is a significant gap in the training of their teachers, in language teaching pedagogy, and in the development of appropriate instructional materials.

The aim of the project is to establish an interdisciplinary (Additional Languages / Multilingualism as well as Pedagogy of Dhh Learners) and international discourse and research network to build a basis for research on the learning situation of young immigrant additional language DHH learners. Three main areas of interest are (1) language development of DHH immigrant learners, (2) teacher education and training, and (3) the development of learning materials. The focus will be on all stages of school education (elementary, primary and secondary school phases). The aim is to create research and instructional structures to address central issues and develop recommendations for the language education of immigrant DHH additional language learners.

At a glance

Objectives

The aim of the project is to establish an interdisciplinary and international discourse and research network as a basis for research on the learning situation of newly immigrated d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing students, their educational support and the further development of teacher education and training.

Partners

Prof. Dr. Joanna Cannon, Education of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (University of British Columbia, CA);

Equalizent, Educational organization for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (Vienna, AU);

Gronewald-Schule Köln, school for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (Cologne, DE);

Prof. Dr. Ingela Holmström, Sign Language and Bilingualism (University of Stockholm,
SE);

Kentalis, Research institute with 40 schools for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (Sint-Michielsgestel, NL);

Dr. Camilla Lindahl, Project Leader Teacher Education Programme with Profile
Multilingualism (University of Stockholm, SE);

Prof. Dr. Chloe Marshall, Psychology and Human Development (University College
London, GB);

Prof. Dr. Ruth Swanwick, Deaf Education (University of Leeds, GB);

Dr. Jürgen Wessel, Department of Pedagogy for the d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (University of Cologne)

Funded by

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Duration

October 2021 – September 2024

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Nicole Marx

Project Team

Sophie Begon
Marisa Klemt
Nele Kösler (student assistant)