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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Dec 10, 1998  5:18 pm
Subject:  Re: Private Tutor Ontario, Canada

Kathy Akehurst wrote:
>Yes, they were, Valerie, and I should have mentioned this. In fact, the
>children really enjoyed 'making faces' and were quite good at remembering
>the positions of eyebrows, etc. I'm assuming that comes from their more
>recent experience with deciphering meaning by reading the 'whole' pictures
>(faces as well as hands) when dealing with their families. Many of the
>adults seem to have taken it for granted (much as we take our language's
>grammar (speaking for myself) for granted with time...)and had some
>difficulty making themselves consciously recall the facial expressions they

December 10, 1998

Hello Kathy -
Wouldn't this make a great research project? To study how native signing
Deaf children learn to read facial expressions in see if
this would enhance their knowledge of their native language?

I think your messages have really pinpointed this area of needed study.

Awhile back you posted an excellent email message, sharing with us your
experiences in the classroom. When I read your message, I feel like I was
there with you! The message gives good feedback on some of the issues that
"popped up". So....I have now posted it on our SignWriting Web Site, for
others to read:

What Do Teachers Say?
Private Tutor of Deaf Students, Ontario, Canada

Thanks Kathy, for all your great input -

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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