The impact of Language Proficiency on Reading and Comprehension of Deaf Students.


The purpose of this project is to find how language proficiency impedes the reading and comprehension of deaf students. A case study was done from previous literature which addresses the same topic. The areas of interest in this research were Language Development, Language Elements, Reading Comprehension and Academic Competency. In language development the studies indicated that if a child does not develop language at an early age he will face academic challenges. The best place for language acquisition is home since a wide range of topics are discussed without any confinements. The elements of language are important in order for deaf students to understand English at an early age. Since this will help them to understand English linguistic rules since they are different from the American Sign Language. Reading Comprehension is greatly impacted by fluency of words. It can be achieved in deaf students by repetitive reading to familiarize by them with the new vocabulary. When students read words they do not know in a sentence they cannot comprehend the sentence meaning. Academic Excellency can be achieving by increasing the level of vocabulary the deaf students have. The more vocabulary they have the better reading comprehension. Language development negatively affects students academics whether the child is deaf or not. Deaf students who have more vocabulary tend to do better academically than those with limited vocabulary

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 4-24-2012


Cathy White

Mentor Department Affiliation

Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Special Education

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Special Education

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