22910317 - Language, learning and deafness

The course will provide theoretical knowledge and methodological and didactic competences related to the fields
of education and training and to the learning-teaching processes addressed to deaf pupils; a critical reflection on
the family, school and social context that welcomes the child/young person with deafness; competences related to
the main communicative and didactic strategies to be used to establish a productive educational relationship with
deaf pupils; basic knowledge related to the Italian Sign Language (LIS) for a first approach with the deaf pupil.
Knowledge and understanding:
- Knowledge and critical understanding of language acquisition and learning processes of the deaf child;
- general knowledge of psychological, neuropsychological and linguistic research on the topic of deafness
and the acquisition/learning processes of speech and sign language in deaf people.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
- Knowledge and understanding are functional to the definition of educational and training interventions
aimed at deaf pupils of all school levels and with different family, linguistic and rehabilitation backgrounds.
Making judgements:
- Ability to analyze different school contexts in which the deaf pupil is placed (ordinary school, bilingual Italian/LIS
- ability to critically reflect on the functional diagnosis of the deaf pupil followed in a school or extracurricular context;
- ability to reconstruct the different causes that have determined a certain problematic situation;
- ability to draw conclusions based on a variety of observed or inferred facts.
Communication skills:
- to know and recognise one's own emotions, those of the deaf pupil and those of his/her family;
- to show willingness to listen while maintaining a professional role;
- to encourage networking with all the professionals (speech therapists, doctors, psychologists, teachers)
who support the deaf child;
- to prevent and mediate conflicts;
- to be a facilitator of communication in speech or sign language respecting the communication and
language habits of the deaf child/young person;
- to adopt a positive attitude of open-mindedness and critical thinking skills.
Learning skills:
- to master the specific scientific language;
- to be able to find bibliographies and to access the scientific literature produced on the topic of deafness, language
acquisition of deaf children, learning/teaching processes for deaf students and sign languages;
- to acquire the learning skills necessary for cultural growth, professional development and further education and
to undertake new studies with a high degree of autonomy.