The sign language skills classroom observation: a process for describing sign language proficiency in classroom settings

Am Ann Deaf. 2000 Oct;145(4):315-41. doi: 10.1353/aad.2012.0109.


In collaboration with teachers and students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), the Sign Language Skills Classroom Observation (SLSCO) was designed to provide feedback to teachers on their sign language communication skills in the classroom. In the present article, the impetus and rationale for development of the SLSCO is discussed. Previous studies related to classroom signing and observation methodology are reviewed. The procedure for developing the SLSCO is then described. This procedure included (a) interviews with faculty and students at NTID, (b) identification of linguistic features of sign language important for conveying content to deaf students, (c) development of forms for recording observations of classroom signing, (d) analysis of use of the forms, (e) development of a protocol for conducting the SLSCO, and (f) piloting of the SLSCO in classrooms. The results of use of the SLSCO with NTID faculty during a trial year are summarized.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Deafness*
  • Education, Special
  • Humans
  • Observation
  • Pilot Projects
  • Sign Language*
  • Teaching*