Thu. May 13th, 2021

LITERACY DEVELOPMENT AND LANGUAGE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE HEARING IMPAIRED: A SURVEY OF THE IMO STATE SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, ORODO.
OBIAJULU EMEJULU
FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY,
OWERRI
NGOZI A. OPARA
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, ORODO
1M0 STA TE
MEL 1. 0GBONNA
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, ORODO
IMO STATE

ABSTRACT
The hearing-impaired represent a substantial and quite distinct linguistic sub-group of their own in a society that is heavily multilingual and illiterate. The race for illiteracy is a difficult and competitive one and the hearing-impaired are dependent for their literacy and survival on the help they get from government and society in accessing quality education such as their hearing counterparts are wont to obtain. This paper examines this problem and traces the
processes involved in the language and literacy development of the hearing impaired. It focuses poignantly on the Imo State School for the Deaf Orodo, with a view to finding out how that institution is equipping the students with literacy skills and the Competitive edge to actualize themselves in a complex society. The survey of the school reveals inadequate infrastructural, professional, curriculum, methodological, staffing and management input in the running of the school. The authors recommend better funding and staffing as well as creative strategies for the development of sustainable literacy among the students.

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