'Language Development and Deafness' Teleconference Set

Monday, January 31, 2005

A live satellite teleclass at Fairmont State called "Defining English Language Development and Deafness: Language and Literacy Programs for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Educational Settings" will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.

Postsecondary faculty and staff, support service and coordinators, service providers, students and others who are interested may attend. The class, presented by the Midwest Center for Postsecondary Outreach at Saint Paul College, will be viewed in Multi-media Room B of the Ruth Ann Musick Library at Fairmont State. The program will be interpreted and will be open captioned.

The informative, live national teleconference will provide English teachers, sign language interpreters, direct service providers and administrators with proven techniques used in evaluating student language skills. A panel of experts will share theories on language development and hearing loss, English teacher qualifications and the role of the sign language interpreter in developmental classes. Mainstream teachers from both secondary and postsecondary education who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing could benefit from the suggestions covered in the program. Featured topics will include language development and hearing loss, student assessment and class placement and educational interpreters" role in development classes.

For more information or to register, call Kim DeMeester at (304) 367-4596, e-mail her at kdemeester@fairmontstate.edu or visit her at Room 200 in Jaynes Hall. Those who wish to attend must fill out a registration form. Those attending the program may park in the FS parking garage and will need to obtain parking tokens from the conference facilitator on the day of the event.