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date: 11 November 2019

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DHH students from non-English-speaking countries, like their hearing peers, often have to learn English as a foreign language in order to communicate in the field of education, work, and entertainment and to reach their true potential. As the major challenge of deafness is language fluency, and DHH persons often have problems using their national spoken/written languages, foreign language learning creates a new challenge for both deaf students and their teachers. This learning process is unique in two ways: (1) deafness or lack of hearing is, first of all, a language problem; (2) teaching languages differs from teaching other subjects. These two facts mean that the teaching and learning of foreign languages to DHH individuals is a specific and new domain within Deaf Studies that has to be recognized and researched.

Keywords: deaf, hard of hearing, foreign language, teaching and learning, learning strategies

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