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A 50 question true/false questionnaire that offers a brief overview of common misconceptions about ASL and Deafness.Also included is an answer key.
This is designed for entry level ASL I classes, and is meant to touch on many misconceptions that students may have when they begin learning ASL.
Some topics touched in the pre-test include:
-ASL as a language
-deafness as genetic or not
-deaf children and language acquisition
-communicating with a deaf person
-hearing aids and CIs.
It is intended that these topics be covered in greater detail later in the class, but this serves to dispel some misinformation and misconceptions at the beginning of the ASL I course.
Students are to complete the questionnaire, and then it can be gone through and discussed as a class. This may take more than one class day. I dedicate one day to the questionnaire, and block off part of the following day to finish up the discussion should it be needed.
Most questions are false, and some are written to be obviously incorrect or to mimic the thoughts of someone ignorant of ASL or Deafness. Some may seem silly to students, but many may have never put serious thought towards the questions and will be surprised by them. This is designed to expose students to some outlandish thoughts people have about ASL and Deafness, make them think 'do people really believe that?!' and guide them towards the accurate answer/thought.