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Cannon, J.E., Easterbrooks, S.R., Gagne, P., & Beal-Alvarez, J. (2011). Improving DHH students’ grammar through an individualized software program. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 16(4), 437-457. doi: 10.1093/deafed/enr023

Study goal: Examine if the frequent use of a computer software grammar instruction program would influence comprehension of grammar in DHH students who use ASL

Sample: Twenty-six students aged 5 to 12 with moderate to profound hearing loss

School: Urban day school for DHH students in United States

Intervention: Computer software grammar instruction program administered over 9 weeks (Five 10-15 minutes sessions per week).

Results: After completing the program,

  • The reading level of the students prior to the intervention predicted how well students used the software grammar instruction program
  • Students’ grammar (syntax) improved
  • Students’ understanding of meanings (semantics) remained the same

Summarized by Emily Werfel, Psychology major, Rochester Institute of Technology