Conversation Paves the Way to Language Learning and School Success

by Karla Giese

Engaging in conversation is a critical skill in the classroom. It’s a great way to expose students to vocabulary and encourage language growth. Using the Kendall Conversational Proficiency Level (P‐Levels) Scale can guide you in targeting conversational skills to support academic success for your deaf and hard of hearing students.

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Conversation Paves the Way to Language and School Success

Course Curriculum

    1. Conversation - Module 1 - 20 minutes

    2. Conversation - Module 2 - 20 minutes

    3. Conversation - Module 3 - 10 minutes

    4. Quiz - Conversation Paves the Way to Language Learning and School Success

    5. ASHA Verification Form - Conversation Paves the Way

    6. LSLS CEU Letter - Conversation Paves the Way

    7. COURSE EVALUATION - Conversation Paves the Way to Language Learning and School Success

    8. More Options for Success

3 Learner Outcomes

  • Define content, form, and function of language (the three areas of competency that are measured by the P-Levels)
  • Use the Kendall Conversational Proficiency Level to determine the P-Level of a student
  • Determine target goals for a student based on their P-Level

Meet Your Instructor

Karla Giese

Karla Giese has worked with deaf and hard of hearing children of all ages, across all educational settings, and all communication approaches. She has also served as a Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Student Support Services and has provided early intervention support and advocacy to local families. For Karla, deaf education has been a way of life. Born hearing, Karla began losing her hearing as an infant and became profoundly deaf as a toddler. Her parents chose to raise her with an emphasis on spoken language in the mainstream setting. By late elementary school she began learning sign language and used an interpreter through secondary school and college. Karla has her Bachelors in Deaf Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education and her Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. She is currently completing her doctorate in Special Education with a concentration on Deafness. Karla served as the 2019-2020 Teacher Tools Editor for SSCHL.