Date: Sun Apr 14, 2002 5:24
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: presentation of SW in Germany
Hi Valerie and friends of SignWriting,|
I am back from a long trip by train - puh -
Yes I have had a wonderfull presentation of SW - or GebaerdenSchrift - as
we call it here in Germany .
There is a Institut in Bavaria that offers a special training for
SL-instructors who are already running their own SL - courses.
Within this project I was invited to present the basics and the background
I did this presentation for the first time in German SL - . The attending
participants have been very very kind and accepted my "hearing" dialect
without any complaints-.. ;-)
I would like to share with you my concept: What did I do ?
Well - you remember that I bought the video-series and the instruction books
already some time ago. When I prepared this (5 hour lasting) presentation I
looked at the video- series "Lessons in SignWriting and "Deaf Perspectives
on SignWriting" once again.
I have seen the first two videos in the meantime so often that I can
understand fluently the ASL instruction combined with your voice in the
So I decided to show these videos after I made some comments about the
historic and ...
Nevertheless your new wonderfull, wonderfull PDF Document which you offered
as Download came just in time. These documents offere an excellent
possibility to look at the presented contents after we had looked at the
Some additional explanations, reading and writing exercises and in the end
the presentation of the Swiss -German sentence of the NOAH - Bible -
tory - presented as wonderfull TT-fonts written both from left to right and
top to down - (see the attachment)
Ha - immediatly we found us in a wonderfull discussions that demonstrated
the benefits of SW.
In the end I donated a CD to the group with some of the PDF - documents
that are offered as downloads plus the German version of SW 4.4 including
the German dictionary with more than 8.600 entries right now.
In the evening we met in an Italian Restaurant - and well you can guess -
Stefan could not stop put writing by hand the signnames of the
participants - they felt very pleased to read their names for the first time
in their own language
Thanks so much for your support
All the best
----- Original Message -----
From: "Valerie Sutton"
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2002 12:13 AM
Subject: Great Events This Weekend ;-)
> SignWriting List
> April 12, 2002
> Dear SW List -
> Important events this weekend in Albuquerque, Germany, New York and
> ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
> The teachers of the Albuquerque SignWriting Literacy Project,
> including Cecilia Flood, Lorraine Crespin, Kate Lee, Jennifer
> Thompson, Elizabeth Allen, Julie James and several others...are
> presenting two times at the CASA Conference:
> 1. April 12, 2002...Teachers discuss using SignWriting in the classroom
> 2. April 13, 2002...Deaf students teach the SignWriter Computer
> Program, and visit the SignWriting Web Sites with participants,
> directed by teacher Jennifer Thompson.
> 3. Plus on display: SignWriting T-Shirts, SignWriting hats, and books
> the children wrote and printed in SignWriting. Proceeds will go to
> help the Albuquerque SW Literacy Project.
> Stefan Woehrmann will be teaching several SignWriting workshops
> (besides teaching regularly with his deaf students at Osnabruck
> School for the Deaf). The workshops are held in different parts of
> Germany. I believe one will be in Nurenberg, another in Hamburg and
> another in Hanover. I am amazed at Stefan's hectic schedule...and I
> understand that an article was published recently on Stefan's
> MundbildSchrift, which uses SignWriting facial expressions to show
> the movements of the mouth...and I believe another article, a Part
> Two, will be published in April...and Stefan's web site is growing
> with one SignWriting document after the other....
> Todd Duell, our SIGNBANK programmer, has worked all day here in my
> office and has delivered some great programming. Although the manual
> is only about 1/4 done, I think I can post the beta test version for
> the beta testers this week. I will assume the beta testers will write
> to me or call me if they have questions. I am even sending copies to
> Albuquerque to the deaf children there, so from my point of view,
> this is the beginning of a new era, when the true testing
> begins...Then we release SignBank 2002 officially in the Fall...
> NEW YORK
> Remember the New York Times article, on Sunday April 14! ...
> Many thanks to Margo Fox, the NY Times reporter, and to SW List
> member Rebecca Moreton, for arranging the initial interview for us so
> long ago - and thanks to all the List members who replied to Margo's
> interview requests - and spent a long time explaining their
> SignWriting projects....
> So this is an eventful weekend!
> Val ;-)
> Valerie Sutton
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