The philosohy of the communication skills department at St. Rita School for the Deaf is to teach our students to be able to understand and use language through their best mode of communication within the context of the classroom and outside of school. In order to do this, we use a variety of materials and technology. In addition, we work closely with each student’s teachers. Books provide ample opportunity to model and expand language skills in a natural way. Students are motivated when working in groups and learn well from each other. We use visual supports to enhance learning and reinforce vocabulary.
Through the use of literature, we can also support the acquisition of English grammar skills for both speaking and writing. Books enable us to show how words are used in context and to provide a way for students to practice “sounding out” words when they have hearing ability. Books are imperative to children building language skills. READ. READ. READ.