Monday, July 9, 2012

What's My Role Inside a Mainstreamed Class?

July 4: New and old Deaf students gathered for this event as Mrs. Rowena J. prepared a discussion that will highlight the role of Sign Language Interpreters in the learning of Deaf students. SLIs are co-partners and essential to making learning accessible. Even though SLI are available, there are still situations (for example, accomplishing academic requirements) in which an interpreter may not assume the role.

Initially, students were given a group activity where they will identify the role of SLIs for them and what are the things that an SLI should not do. In a group, Mrs. Rowena mixed old students and new students which is seen beneficial as they got to meet each other and share ideas and practices made in ANHS. Outputs are posted and presented by 5 teams of students and immediately few misconceptions about the role of SLI, but amazingly a lot of sentiments were poured out as they reported SLIs should be punctual and should not be emotionally tired of them using last year's experiences. After which Mrs. Rowena discussed not only the roles of SLIs but also their (students) role in their learning.

Deaf Buddies - Mariebel F., Tintin A. and Jocelyn C. along with Mr. Noel Q and Miss Joi V. are present to participate and assist in this event. A good attendance turn out was observed and even how Deaf students mingle with each other that reduces being a stranger in the ANHS Deaf community. It is the hope that this event will add awareness and understanding of their role and their SLIs were internalized by our Deaf learners.

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