By Hazel Anne Santos
Department of Linguistics
519 Azul St. Villa Verde Homes
Novaliches, Quezon City
Paper presented at the 2nd Philippine Conference Workshop on
Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE 2)
held February 16-18, 2012, at the Punta Villa Resort
Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines
Special Education (SPED) is one of the many problems the Department of Education (DepEd) has yet to address properly. Hence, this paper will attempt to give an overview of the issues one should take note of. Given that the recent decision of the DepEd officials regarding the use of Signing Exact English (SEE) instead of Filipino Sign Language (FSL) sparked reactions from various groups advocating the use of FSL over any other visual languages for the Filipino Deaf children makes this study more fitting to look deeper into this issue and inform the public on how this decision gravely affects the quality of education the Deaf are receiving. This paper mainly seeks to disseminate information on some of the current issues the Deaf community experiences by documenting the Batino Elementary School’s existing special education curriculum. This paper will take into account the medium of instruction used by the teachers, materials presented in class, participation of the parents and most importantly the curriculum that supposedly act as their theory for teaching. These information will then be used for evaluating the state of the school, hopefully enlightening the public of the issues DepEd has. A part of this paper is dedicated to clarifying some of the misconceptions on the Deaf and thus incorporates the need to know more about their community.
To read the complete article, click on Santos – Theory and Practice in a SPED School in Quezon City.