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VL2 10/13/10 Harris A Case Study of Extended Discourse in an ASL/English Pre-school Classroom

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Dr. Raychelle Harris, of the ASL and Deaf Studies Department at Gallaudet University, gave a presentation based on her dissertation research: "A Case Study of Extended Discourse in an ASL/English Preschool Classroom."

Currently, there is high interest within the Sign Language communities in the United States and Canada in the fields of Deaf education and ASL linguistics about extended discourse, that is discourse in ASL that replicates some of the demands of literacy, and in the application of this knowledge to enhance quality of teaching. This mixed methods case study of two Deaf preschool teachers and twelve deaf students presents a detailed analysis of extended discourse and pedagogical practice within the context of an ASL/English bilingual preschool classroom. October 13

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