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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 13

Signing and talking in a Leeds primary school

Beate Schmidt-Rohlfing

Source: Case study 2.11 from Talk and Learning 5-16: An Inservice Pack on Oracy for Teachers, Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1991. © 1991 The Open University Press.

This chapter considers some features of support for deaf children in mainstream schools. In Leeds, deaf children are integrated into the mainstream as bilingual pupils, using British Sign Language and English. Beate Schmidt-Rohlfing, a teacher of the deaf based in a Leeds primary school, outlines the policy in Leeds and examines how it works to support one deaf girl from a Punjabi-speaking family. She describes the support provided for this girl and some aspects of her learning experience in school. ...

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