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Bilingual deaf education: Language policies, linguistic approaches and education models in Europe

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUNCRPD Implementation in Europe - A Deaf Perspective
Subtitle of host publicationArticle 24: Education
EditorsKatja Reuter
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherEuropean Union of the Deaf
Pages88 - 111
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9782960150537
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2017

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NameAn EUD Series
PublisherEuropean Union of the Deaf


This chapter discusses sign bilingual education in a European context. First, definitions of bilingualism are discussed, looking at how deaf children’s language experiences are changing. Next, language policies are explored critically, because attitudes from many different actors affect how deaf education is organised. Different models of sign bilingual education are examined, showing how deaf teachers in particular contribute to bilingual and multilingual pedagogies. Finally, language approaches in use in bilingual deaf education are discussed, and a consideration of possible futures for sign bilingualism.

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  • bilingualism, sign language, education

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