Depending upon the type of delivery and classroom that you use, you may need to change how you approach your teaching.

Your deaf student – regardless of how s/he communicates – will rely on what s/he can see.  This is crucial for you to understand and incorporate into your delivery style.

Implicitly, this means that s/he can only do or look at one thing at a time.  Even though you most likely have never been previously aware of it, this is different to all of the other students who you have ever taught.  You will not be able to present material and talk to it or demonstrate something and talk about it at the same time.

To access what is being said in the classroom, the deaf student will need to look at the speaker to lipread or s/he will need to watch an Auslan/English interpreter.

The student cannot simultaneously look at a PowerPoint presentation or another visual resource like a DVD or a demonstration and “listen” to what you say.

So, what will you need to do differently?  It depends greatly on the learning environment and your delivery style.  So, is it:

  • a lecture? [see more]
  • working with support staff in lectures [see more]
  • an interactive learning environment? [see more]
  • working with support staff in an interactive learning environment [see more]


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