DEAF ENGLISH CLASS
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Deaf Learning Community
at Florissant Valley
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| INSTRUCTOR||Flynn, Thomas W.|
| OFFICE|| Communications 152|
|PHONE NUMBER|| (314) 595-2122, voice/TTY|
|OFFICE HOURS|| MWF 9 - 10:30 AM and 1 - 5 PM|
| || T 2 - 5 PM|
The English class for Deaf students consists of four levelsof English courses combined into one class. Students from all four levelsmeet in one classroom, at the same time -- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 AMto 12:15 PM. All four levels are offered every semester.
The four levels are:
- ENG:020-090 Developmental English * (non-credit course)
- ENG:030-090 Introduction to College Writing * (non-credit course)
- ENG:101-090 College Composition I (college credit course)
- ENG:102-090 College Composition II (college credit course)
* Students enrolled in these courses are required to take a grammar lab,Eng:022-090 or ENG:032-090 concurrently with their writing class.
Which level you are placed in is determined by taking anassessment test before enrolling, or by previous coursework at other institutions.
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU REGISTER FOR THEDEAF READING CLASS AT THE SAME TIME AS THE DEAF ENGLISH CLASS. Deaf Reading and Deaf English are "linked." That meansbothh instructors co-teach in both classes, both classes use the same book,both classes use visual teaching techniques, assignments are related (wheneverpossible), most of the Deaf students are in both classes. Both classes alsohave a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader.
All Deaf students are placed in the same class becausethe instructor and the department feel that the Deaf students can help eachother more effectively, whether they are at the same level or not. Deafstudents are NOT required to enroll in the Deaf section of English.You may choose to enroll in another section, and you will be provided withan interpreter. However, most of our Deaf students have had better successin the Deaf English section.
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- PERFECT EXAMPLE: Think of someone who is a perfect example of the word. This works best for adjectives that describe people. Some examples: Joan Rivers -- strident; Bob Newhart -- laconic; Scarlett O'Hara-- vivacious; Rose Kennedy -- a matron; Monica Lewinsky -- infamous
- COMPARE SIMILAR WORDS: Try to see the difference between the spellings, and (if you are hearing, or if you have oral skills) try to hear/feel the differences in the pronunciations. Some examples: tough-though-trough-thought-thorough; insipid-incipient; incipient-recipient; recipient-recipe; recipe-receipt
- CONTRAST A WORD WITH ITS OPPOSITE: Many tests that are vocabulary-based ask you to identify the opposite of a word. Examples: laconic - talkative; caustic - acidic (the technical vocabulary of chemistry); caustic - sweet (for opposite personalities)
- LEARN THE STANDARD PHRASE A WORD OCCURS IN: Frequently a vocabulary word is followed by only one or two other words. Examples: Matron of honor; Matron of the family; Prison matron
- MAKE A LIST OF SYNONYMS FOR A WORD: This is the'thesaurus' approach,but remember -- meanings of synonyms are't exactly the same. Examples: laconic-phlegmatic; caustic-biting-bitter; implore-beg-plead
- WORD ADDITION: The only way to show this is with examples: matron=woman + older + in a position of strength/authority/respect/power; ingenue=woman + young + unmarried + sweet & innocent
- MAKE A WORD-PROGRESSION: Again with the examples: slim-thin-skinny-bony; overweight-plump-heavy-fat-obese; upset-angry-mad-pissed off-mad as hell-irate
- MAKE A WORD-FAMILY: All the words related to a root. Examples: receive-receiver-reception-receptacle-recipient-receptive; empire-emperor-imperial-imperially-imperious-imperiously
- LEARN ALL THE MEANINGS OF ONE WORD: sometimes a word has several meanings; they may not be at all related to each other. Examples: tap - piece of metal on the toe or heel of a shoe sole; a water faucet; to touch something lightly, rapidly, and repeatedly; the main root of a tree; the large white handle that lets beer out of a barrel; as Taps, a military song played at the end of the day, or at funerals.
- LEARN THEM MORPHEMES: Morphemes are individual units of meaning that words are built from. For instance, 'undeniable' consists of 'un'(not) - 'deny' (say it's not true) - 'able' (can) -- meaning 'you can't say this is not true.' Books teaching this approach to vocabulary development are available in nearly every bookstore. Morphemes are usually divided into prefixes, roots, and suffixes; roots are usually subdivided as Greek, Latin, etc...
Not all of these techniques can be used with every newword you encounter, but at least one technique can be used to help you rememberany new word you encounter.
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