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From:  Joan Naturale AUS
Date:  Tue Jul 14, 1998  7:14 pm
Subject:  Introduction

I just joined the list want to introduce myself. I'm Deaf, was mainstreamed
in public schools, then went to Gallaudet and Western Md. College for my
Deaf Ed. degree. I'm a School Library Media Specialist at the Austine School
for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vt. I taught English classes at college, high
school and middle school levels in the past and have always been interested
in applying the bilingual theory in Deaf Ed. There are few "concrete
proposals" out there that have useful materials for teachers to use. In my
position as Librarian, I've been updating our collection on Deaf resources
to help meet the needs of our students, staff, parents, and professionals. I
like to see "what's out there" in research esp. in bilingual education. I
thought joining the list would expose me to some novel ideas and techniques
that are being used.

I have elementary library classes and thought it would be great to try the
storybooks written in SignWriting to see how the students respond to them.
I'm always looking for ways to motivate students to improve both their ASL
and English skills. I've been amazed at the progress students make when they
are exposed to both languages in a structured program. I thought the
ASL-English Picture Dictionary would be a useful reference for our students,
not only Deaf, but also hearing sign language students. I think it's
important for students to understand that ASL is a beautiful language with
its own linguisitc principles on par with the English language. I hope to
participate in the grant project and get training on this SignWriting concept.

I've experimented with Carol Padden's and Vicky Hanson's bilingual
videodisk program, "Hands-On", ASL "videobooks" from Kansas School for the
Deaf, Calif. School for the Deaf, Horace Mann, and now I understand more
schools are creating literature "videobooks" -translating popular stories
clearly into ASL to motivate students to read the English version of the
story, and now DawnSignPress has come out with an exciting book MOVERS AND
SHAKERS-DEAF PEOPLE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD with a companion bilingual student
workbook. SIGN ME ALICE by the same co. is another interesting work for use
with Deaf students.

I want to see how responsive the students are to the SignWriting program and
hope to train other interested teachers in trying the system
in elementary, middle and high school. I was particularly intrigued by the
fact that there is a "sign processor" much like a "word processor" and it
seems to have lots of possiblities for student and teacher created bilingual
materials. I also teach ASL, and I think this system would help ASL students
understand ASL grammar more clearly. I've been relying on the English
glosses which doesn't always accurately describe the signs the way I want to
describe them. So that's another potential audience I could use this system

  Replies Author Date
256 Menus In Signs Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
257 Menus in Signs Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
259 Messages Posted Out of Order Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
260 Beta Testing Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
264 Re: Introduction Valerie Sutton Thu  7/16/1998
265 Re: Introduction Joan Naturale AUS Fri  7/17/1998
277 ASL Handshape Dictionary Valerie Sutton Fri  7/24/1998
278 Writing Japanese Sign Language Valerie Sutton Sat  7/25/1998
284 Lost Child Valerie Sutton Fri  7/31/1998

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