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Foreign Language Learning Characteristics of Deaf and Severely Hard-of-Hearing Students

Caratteristiche dell’apprendimento delle lingue straniere degli studenti sordi

Lo scopo di questo studio è quello di indagare le caratteristiche di apprendimento delle lingue straniere degli studenti sordi, indagare i d’apprendimento delle lingue straniere, analizzate e misurare le motivazioni, le credenze e le strategie degli studenti sordi. I risultati indicano che le esperienze di apprendimento delle lingue straniere degli studenti è un percorso pieno di sfide e battute d’arresto nonostante le loro forti motivazioni e il loro desiderio di imparare le lingue straniere.

Per superare queste difficoltà si dovrebbero creare ambienti di apprendimento motivanti ed efficaci in cui l’uso della lingua dei segni contribuisca all’efficienza dell’insegnamento. Inoltre, l’insegnamento dovrebbe includere la presentazione di strategie di apprendimento efficaci e l’introduzione di modalità di apprendimento autonome.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/modl.12630

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate deaf and severely hard-of-hearing students’ foreign language learning characteristics. In order to provide a better understanding of the challenges this group of learners face, a mixed methods study was designed including a questionnaire survey to provide generalizable results for our context and an interview study to get a deeper understanding of the issue from the insiders’ perspective as well. Data was collected in three European countries with piloted and barrier-free instruments. In order to investigate their foreign language learning processes, deaf and severely hard-of-hearing students’ motivation, beliefs, and strategies were measured and analyzed. Our results indicate that deaf and severely hard-of-hearing students’ foreign language learning experiences are fraught with challenges and setbacks despite their motivation and eagerness to learn foreign languages. To overcome these difficulties motivating and effective learning environments have to be created where the use of the national sign language contributes to the efficiency of teaching. Furthermore, teaching should include the presentation of effective learning strategies as well as the introduction of autonomous ways of learning.