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Sign Language

Some communication modes which deaf people use are American Sign Language (ASL) or visual
form of English such as Signed English, Signed Exact English or Cued Speech. ASL has its own
sentence structure, grammatical principles, and semantics. It is not related to spoken or
written English. Signed English uses the individual signs of ASL and puts them in English
word order. Signed Exact English (SEE) and other similar signing systems were fabricated by
educators in the hopes of teaching English to the deaf. Cued Speech is a way to manually
‘cue’ a lipreader as to what is being said on the mouth.
woman signingYou can have a sign-language interpreter assigned to your class. An interpreter
may be necessary to convey oral messages to the deaf or hard-of-hearing student by the use
of American Sign Language (ASL) or a visual form of English (such as Signed Exact English or
Cued Speech). When you are using the services of a sign-language interpreter to communicate
with a deaf student, there are a few things to keep in mind.