Improving DHH students' grammar through an individualized software program.


The purpose of this study was to determine if the frequent use of a targeted, computer software grammar instruction program, used as an individualized classroom activity, would influence the comprehension of morphosyntax structures (determiners, tense, and complementizers) in deaf/hard-of-hearing (DHH) participants who use American Sign Language (ASL). Twenty-six students from an urban day school for the deaf participated in this study. Two hierarchical linear modeling growth curve analyses showed that the influence of LanguageLinks: Syntax Assessment and Intervention (LL) resulted in statistically significant gains in participants' comprehension of morphosyntax structures. Two dependent t tests revealed statistically significant results between the pre- and postintervention assessments on the Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation-Norm Referenced. The daily use of LL increased the morphosyntax comprehension of the participants in this study and may be a promising practice for DHH students who use ASL.

DOI: 10.1093/deafed/enr023

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@article{Cannon2011ImprovingDS, title={Improving DHH students' grammar through an individualized software program.}, author={Joanna E Cannon and Susan R. Easterbrooks and P. Gagn{\'e} and Jennifer S Beal-Alvarez}, journal={Journal of deaf studies and deaf education}, year={2011}, volume={16 4}, pages={437-57} }