The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!
The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.
All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.
This presentation will provide an overview of an ASL/English bimodal bilingual approach (spoken English and signed ASL) as well as a rationale for using this approach to foster bilingual language development in early childhood programs for deaf and hard of hearing children (including those with and without cochlear implants). Discussions as to how to implement the school wide planning necessary to support the development and use of both spoken and signed languages will occur. The educational framework and necessary components will describe how an early childhood educational program can facilitate the acquisition and learning of ASL and English (spoken and written) with successful implementation. Such implementation is dependent upon program and school-wide language planning that includes understanding the roles that families bring. Emphasis on the intensive language planning process required to establish an environment that demonstrates value for both languages is reviewed. The overarching goal of the presentation is to focus on meeting the individualized needs of the deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.