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Diversity in Deaf Education$
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Marc Marschark, Venetta Lampropoulou, and Emmanouil K. Skordilis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190493073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190493073.001.0001

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Exploring Signed Language Assessment Tools in Europe and North America

Exploring Signed Language Assessment Tools in Europe and North America

(p.171) 7 Exploring Signed Language Assessment Tools in Europe and North America
Diversity in Deaf Education

Charlotte Enns

Tobias Haug

Rosalind Herman

Robert Hoffmeister

Wolfgang Mann

Lynn McQuarrie

Oxford University Press

The development of valid and reliable assessment tools to measure the acquisition of natural signed languages is of practical as well as theoretical significance. A selection of tests are described that are currently available or under development to assess several signed languages (American Sign Language, British Sign Language, German Sign Language, and Swiss German Sign Language) at the phonological, lexical, grammatical, and discourse levels. In addition to test descriptions, issues pertaining to test development procedures, test formats, normative sample composition, and the use of Web-based technology is discussed. The importance of assessment in guiding instruction in deaf education is emphasized throughout.

Keywords:   assessment, morphology, phonology, reliability, signed language acquisition, syntax, target population, validity, Web-based technology

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