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SPE 733 Developing Listening and Spoken Language Skills in Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Learn techniques for teaching spoken language to students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

Format: Online

Duration: 16 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

The inability to hear affects the way a child learns. Today, advancements continue to be developed to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing. From hearing aids to highly technical FM systems and cochlear implants, these products have changed the way teachers teach and the way students who are deaf and hard of hearing learn.

In this course, you learn how to help these students develop listening and language skills, with the assistance of equipment and strategies designed specifically for these children. As you discover how many options you have, you begin to realize that although these students face great challenges, they can also look forward to great successes.

This course focuses on the etiology and age of onset of hearing loss, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, degree and type of hearing loss, and interpretation of audiological results. Auditory skill development, the utilization of various forms of amplification (including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and FM systems), and the relationship of classroom acoustics to auditory access are discussed. 

Additionally, the course explores spoken language development, including speech sound acquisition, development of vocabulary, syntax and pragmatics, and the relationship of listening and spoken language to literacy.

Coursework incorporates a group of hypothetical students, each with a different degree of hearing loss, to help you apply concepts such as strategies for developing listening and spoken language skills, classroom design and acoustics for students with hearing loss and methods for offering guidance and support to family members.

Sample Course Topics  

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include:

  • Audiology
  • Amplification
  • Auditory Skills
  • Speech Sound Acquisition
  • Spoken Language
  • Assessment

Examples of What You’ll Learn

When you complete SPE 733, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of early detection and intervention for children with hearing loss and the many aspects of audiologic evaluation.
  • Identify types of hearing aids and how they function.
  • Discuss the function and advantages of a cochlear implant.
  • Explain the effect of classroom acoustics on the functioning of a hearing aid.
  • Understand the development of auditory skills.
  • Appreciate the importance of the listening-talking connection in early speech development. Discuss how vowels, consonants, and the phonological process play a role in early hearing development and evaluation.
  • Explain the stages of language development, from receptive language to expressive language. Appreciate the importance of vocabulary development, syntax and pragmatics, as well as the listening-literacy connection.
  • Identify different types of auditory skills assessments and language assessments.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education – Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing PK-12 certification curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University, including Developing Listening and Spoken Language Skills in Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

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