Are you getting the message?: The effects of SimCom on the message received by deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students

Año: 2009
Editorial: Sign Language Studies, Vol. 3, nº 9 (2009) pp. 266-286
Tipo de código: DOI
Código: 10.1353/sls.0.0015
Soporte: Digital


Traducción e Interpretación


When hearing speakers address a mixed audience of hearing and deaf participants, they have a choice of three methods by which to convey the information in their presentation. They may choose to use English and provide an English-to-ASL interpreter, use ASL and provide an ASL-to-English interpreter, or use simultaneous communication (SimCom). The choice to use SimCom (i.e., to speak and sign at the same time) is based in part on the idea that equivalent information will be communicated directly and simultaneously to both hearing and deaf audience members.

This study examines the effects of SimCom on the degree of correct information received by deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students. Our objective is to ascertain whether a qualitative difference exists in the comprehensible input in order to determine whether all of the students are receiving equivalent information in the classroom.