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From:  Fernando Capovilla
Date:  Sun Oct 4, 1998  1:31 am
Subject:  videos for training parents to story telling in BrSL written in SW for literacy acquisition

Hi Valerie!
How are you doing? Thank you for your kind message. Since I received your
I have been studying SignWriting with three deaf students of mine, one of whom
(Sylvia) is going to apply for our Master's Program in Experimental Psychology.
Sylvia is a very bright young woman, who is congenitally deaf. BrSL is her first
language. She is a librarian in a school for deaf children in Sao Paulo, and the
deaf kids love to learn sign language from her. She's been educated in the Oral
tradition, articulates speech, is skilled at lipreading and can communicate
well with everyone around her. She is a member of the Sao Paulo Congregation of
Deaf People (a traditional organization composed by 40 deaf people who meet
twice a
month in order to discuss sign usage in Sao Paulo). She's simply thrilled with
SignWriting, and is going to take the good news of the arrival of SW to Sao
to the Congregation of Deaf People. I am very glad with the perspective of
as her advisor in the program, and helping her to fulfill her dreams. My dream
would be for her to obtain her Master's and Doctoral degrees in psychology on
subject of deaf education with SW. If she manages to do it, she's going to open
area of research and teaching devoted to BrSL and deaf education. If we achieve
this, I think deaf students would have bright new perspectives in Brazil. The
University of Sao Paulo is one of the very best Universities in Latin America,
it does not have deaf professors and researchers yet. This may be the beginning
an important change. I hope.
I have proposed a plan for her thesis and she's approved of it. I would like to
know if I have forgotten something. If you have a suggestion to improve the
plan, I
would love receiving it from you. The plan goes like this: She is going to
on VCR classic tales from Brazilian Child Literature in BrSL (the most classic
all Brazilian authors for children is Monteiro Lobato, and she's going to tell
of his most classic stories in BrSL). Then she's going to write down the tales
using SignWriter. I am hiring an artist to perform the illustrations of those
tales. Thus, we plan to have the text written in SignWriting, along with the
illustrations by our artist. The plan is to use the tapes and the books as
materials for training parents of deaf children to learn BrSL suficiently enough
that they can tell night stories to their deaf children in BrSL while using the
book in which the same stories are told in SW. I think if we succeed in this, we
may be contributing to early literacy acquisition in SW by our deaf kids. We
to compare cognitive development of kids exposed to BrSL written in SW (using
adaptations of Rescorla's Language Development Survey for expressive language,
of Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test for receptive language development, among
others). Three years ago I have translated scales and tests like those and
Brazilian norms for them, and I have been using them with great success in order
demonstrate the impact of our early intervention procedures with hearing
who have been culturally deprived. I bet adapting them to BrSL is an easy task.
can hardly wait until I can collect some data on expressive and receptive
by Brazilian deaf kids, so as to obtain some parameters and norms. I hope they
serve as baseline for assessing the impact of our procedures for exposing deaf
at an early age to BrSL in SW, and for training their parents (as multipliers)
sign, read and write in SW. Do you think it may work? Am I forgetting something
With affection and admiration,
Fernando Capovilla :-)
PS: thank you for sending the directory of the url's on your web site.
We'll be studying it.

  Replies Author Date
401 New Special Feature Posted! Valerie Sutton Tue  10/6/1998
405 Re: New Special Feature Posted! Angus B. Grieve-Smith Tue  10/6/1998
417 Writing ASL Grammar Valerie Sutton Thu  10/8/1998
418 Re: Writing ASL Grammar Judy Kegl Thu  10/8/1998
428 Re: Writing ASL Grammar Valerie Sutton Tue  10/13/1998
425 Brazilian Children's Story Posted Valerie Sutton Mon  10/12/1998
415 Writing Storytelling in Brazil Valerie Sutton Thu  10/8/1998

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