Definition of oralism in English:

oralism

Syllabification: o·ral·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈôrəˌlizəm
 
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noun

  • The system of teaching deaf people to communicate by the use of speech and lip-reading rather than sign language.
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    • Elizabeth Peet, dean of women at Gallaudet College, was more colorful in her criticism of oralism's impact on Sign Language.
    • The early twentieth century brought discord to the Deaf community in the form of oralism.
    • The first was published in 1908 by J. Schuyler Long, a principal at the Iowa School for the Deaf and an opponent of pure oralism.

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