In 2011 the
deaf facility staff at Forest Hill College as part of the Victorian Deaf
Education Institute (VDEI) Resource Development Project undertook a project to
develop a modified literacy resource, based on the Fairview Learning Reading Program. The project enabled two teachers
to be trained directly through the company, with the other teachers of the deaf
receiving school-based training by the two trained teachers.
The Fairview learning reading
program is designed specifically for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
It is not a curriculum, rather a set of high yield strategies to be used
with an existing curriculum. It is not a scripted process. It is 100% student
driven. Fairview provides the tools needed to achieve within a program. Utilizing
Fairview as an established, clearly documented, methodological
program with sound and effective resources, enables teachers of the deaf to
confidently go about the task of assisting deaf students develop their ability
to read and write competently in English. Using this program with secondary
students aims to develop a solid foundation in reading and writing whilst
establishing a system that teachers can then build on, taking students into
secondary literacy levels and beyond.
As a part of
the project, all materials were modified and translated from ASL to Auslan.
Material was then captured in a visual format, which proved a useful tool
during instructional teaching and self-directed learning. All teachers found
the program easy to use and students appeared to enjoy the sessions.
and concepts are still being used by teachers as a foundation to improve
literacy and specifically expand vocabulary in both signing and oral students.
Concepts are adapted to suit individual learning styles and teachers report
they feel more confident in their choice of instructional strategies.
information about this project please contact staff from the Forest Hill
College Deaf Facility
information about this project please click on the link below:
Fairview Learning Initial Training(PDF)
Fairview Learning Initial Training (docx - 75.38kb)