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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Jan 7, 1999  8:08 pm
Subject:  Re: SignWriting In Bi-Bi Education

On Wed, 6 Jan 1999, Shiona Watson wrote:
>This discussion on bilingualism has been very interesting, and I was glad
>that you, Valerie, posted on the "bi-bi" approach used in the schools for
>the deaf. I just wanted to add that to my experience, the "bi-bi" approach
>offers English and ASL BUT, only written English, not spoken English at
>our school. This is one of the many reasons that I think SignWriting is so
>important for the kids, so that they may get the idea that writing is part
>of the system of conveyance of language.

>I know from experience that many deaf people get fed up with reading and
>writing because it gets too complicated (because of the level of the
>foreign language), and yet if they were able to read and write in their
>own signed language, how much more interest there would be.

>My point is, (I think I have one), that the "bi-bi" approach would work a
>lot better if the children had access to SignWriting before learning to
>read English.

January 7, 1999

Hi Shiona -
I really enjoyed this message and we are glad to hear from you after such a
long time! How is your Deaf son doing? I hope well :-)

And what about the schools for the deaf in Canada? How many use the "Bi-Bi
Educational Approach"? And is your son attending such a school?

I remember you talked to your school about using SignWriting. What happened

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
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Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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