Studying a Sign Language

What Are Hearing Adults Doing Outside of Class?

Louisa Willoughby, Catherine Sell

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Abstract

Scholars of second language (L2) learning and teaching are increasingly
exploring students’ use of the L2 outside the classroom setting,
in recognition of the powerful effect this self-directed study
can have on language learning. Within sign language studies, students
have long been exhorted to immerse themselves in the Deaf
community. However, until now we have lacked an evidence base
of the degree to which they do this (or other out-of-class study),
how effective they find it, or whether/how engagement changes as
proficiency develops. This study explores these issues by considering
responses from 157 students enrolled in four different levels of
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) units at the same tertiary institution.
Findings indicate that students at all levels have low engagement
with structured revision but make good use of media resources and
face-to-face interactions, and that uptake of these increase in relative
frequency to their developing capabilities and personal networks.
Innovative students also integrate Auslan study into everyday situations
and interests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-478
Number of pages26
JournalSign Language Studies
Volume19
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Studying a Sign Language : What Are Hearing Adults Doing Outside of Class? / Willoughby, Louisa; Sell, Catherine.

In: Sign Language Studies, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2019, p. 453-478.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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