A Design of an Interactive Multimedia Learning Environment for Supporting Reading Skills of Deaf Individuals


The purpose of this paper is to develop an interactive multimedia learning environment to promote reading skills for deaf children based on see and learn. The authors of this study focus on the idea that children should have the potential to develop learning to read based on the conceptual framework of see and learn which provides a framework for multi-media learning tools for deaf individuals. The main goal of this study is to incorporate first (sign language) and second spoken language skills as bilingual programs adapted from the hearing population model. Of particular interest is the nature of visual communication in relation to meaning, memory and identity. The study combines bilingual, visual and an interactive multi-media learning environment (tool) to improve individual practice for deaf children. One mode uses text graphics to read Thai language by signing and with pictures. A second mode is used to recognize meaning from sign language and pictures. This paper posits that deaf individuals can learn Thai language and Thai sign at the same time. The researchers found that deaf individuals can learn to read using the sign language picture story technique. The context of the story can be perceived through the text meaning and help children learn another language through stories and sign language. This current paper, studies deaf children aged 10-13 years. The results confirm the expectation that deaf individuals can learn Thai spoken language and Thai sign language at the same time.

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Kanyanat Plaewfueang, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

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Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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