L’École oraliste de Québec

August 15, 2011

L’École oraliste de Québec

Parents with an adolescent in high school as well as teachers at that level know that the high school program is demanding. To succeed, students need to be well prepared as of day one, with general knowledge, writing, logical thinking and mathematics skills.

It’s a known fact that if the difficulties experienced at the elementary level are not fully addressed, these will only be compounded throughout high school, hindering progress and ultimately affecting the student’s motivation and self-confidence. In high school, students must become autonomous and learn to organize their work; there is a clear link between success, autonomy, self-confidence and motivation.

The École oraliste de Québec pour enfants malentendants ou sourds helps kindergarten, elementary and high school students attain an academic level that will enable them to return to the mainstream system with complete confidence.

The school focuses on the successful academic and social integration of students who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. The overall pedagogical program is designed to provide individual attention in the basic subjects (reading, writing and mathematics) in order to bring the students up to speed. The pedagogy itself places a strong emphasis on literary culture, discussions and speaking, helping students to develop the ability to express themselves. We are also committed to helping students develop logical thinking, which we know is the foundation for numerous future developments. As well, we focus on learning English, and self-expression through drama, singing and music, in collaboration with the mainstream educational institutions.

This educational initiative requires a developmental pedagogy, which resolutely takes into account the student’s thinking and personal characteristics, and is also directed towards more advanced learning. In this pedagogical perspective, students are relieved of shouldering the burden of their individual difficulties. Instead, they must meet with educational experts, who will assume leadership and share the challenge of such difficulties with the students and their parents, thus providing support for the incremental success in the development of the student’s sense of autonomy, responsibility and confidence.

Most students who once attended the École oraliste subsequently join a regular classroom, often among high-performing students, where they successfully follow a mainstream curriculum, working towards or having the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career despite their hearing loss. Similar to today’s students, they become bilingual, even trilingual in some cases.

Obviously, these girls and boys who return to regular educational establishments are still living with hearing loss and as such will continue to face obstacles. However, having spent a number of years with other students facing the same challenges and having developed a certain bond with each other, they often have more confidence to successfully function in a non-deaf world.

For further information, contact 418 263-5189.

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