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Conference on Immigrant Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Additional Language Learners

August 28-29, 2024 in Cologne, Germany

Despite being an international concern, there is a dearth of research regarding the linguistic development and education of newly immigrated Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) students. This group is educated without reliable information about their different written, spoken, and signed language acquisition trajectories, language profiles, and school success. In addition, there is a significant gap in teacher training, language teaching pedagogy, and the development of appropriate instructional materials.

To address these issues, we are pleased to announce the International Conference on Immigrant Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Additional Language Learners. This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary and international discourse and research, focusing on multilingualism and pedagogy of immigrant DHH learners. The primary objective is to facilitate open discussions on research and practice regarding the learning situation of immigrant additional language DHH learners, with a special emphasis on language development, teacher education, and learning materials across all stages of education.

Conference Objectives:

  1. To provide a platform for scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners to share insights and research findings related to linguistic development and education of immigrant DHH students.
  2. To foster interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the fields of Additional Language Learning/Multilingualism and the Pedagogy of DHH Learners.
  3. To identify and discuss challenges in language education for immigrant DHH learners and exchange ideas for effective language teaching strategies.

The Conference will be preceded by Teacher Workshops in the morning of Wednesday, August 28 (in German Sign Language and German spoken language).