SignWriting List
December 16, 2010

Hi Stefan and Erika -
You both worded it so beautifully - thank you -

I love your description of your classroom using SignWriting to bridge the literacy gap, Stefan -

So it could be:

 "Expanding Deaf Literacy, an aid to Deaf Education"


"Sign Language Literacy, an aid to Deaf Education"


"Assists Teaching Literacy, an aid to Deaf Education"

smile -

any other ideas? Val ;-)


On Dec 16, 2010, at 1:23 PM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

> Hi Valerie, 
> hmm - so you think some DEAF person might feel criticized if you offer
> SignWriting as a tool to improve his options to read documents? 
> Well - deaf people will be surprised that there is a way to write and read
> what people can express in Sign Language. 
> You know that my focus is somewhere else. I need your invention so badly to
> improve the spoken language skills of deaf students. 
> For some Deaf people especially for my deaf students it is a challenge to
> express the same idea which can be signed without any problem in
> grammatically correct German. 
> SignWriting - in our case "GebaerdenSchrift" allows them to understand this
> difficult task better and better if they get the chance to work on
> worksheets showing the SignLanguage part along with the German translation. 
> In another way SignWriting is a wonderful opportunity to pay attention to
> the performance of a competent signer. We read a story which can be seen on
> a video - but reading the same thing is a wonderful different experience. 
> So I would not have any problem with your idea that SignWriting can be a
> wonderful tool to improve or to support Deaf people to bridge the two
> worlds... 
> Stefan ;-)


On Dec 16, 2010, at 1:05 PM, Erika Hoffmann wrote:

> How about expanding Deaf literacy?


> On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I have a question. Is it not "politically correct" to discuss "improving Deaf literacy"?
>> Notice it is mentioned in this flyer...would there be a better way to say it? There are some people who benefit from SignWriting, related to Literacy, but the other day someone told me they were concerned Deaf people would feel offended or criticized, so I am happy to change the wording if you all can tell me what to say instead...? smile ... Thanks for your help - Val ;-)