atg at VIDEOTRON.CA
Fri Oct 6 21:12:22 UTC 2006
Dear SW members,
Because I feel that Val really ought to know who I am, what I do and
why I wish to establish contact with the SW members, please find below my
Firstly, I will introduce myself. I am deafblind. I attended the
Deaf school in Québec city ( Canada) and I grew up in their dormitory. I
use Quebec Sign Language ( QSL). Since 1998, I am professor in the
Department of Education at the University of Ottawa
( Ottawa is the capital of Canada). I have been teaching six different
courses ( literacy and deafness: development of writing and reading for deaf
students. The students can obtain a certificate of deaf education in
At the Deaf school in Ottawa, a project called Fais-moi signe ( in
English, Make me a sign) is being developed to be presented to the
Ontario Ministery of Education for their approval. I am preparing the QSL
curriculum as the first language from kindergarten to grade 2 ( 2006-2007),
from grade 3 to grade 8 (2007-2008) and from grade 9 to grade 12 (
2008-2009). Upon approval of the project, the guide of QSL curriculum will
be distributed to teachers of Deaf students in the province of Ontario.
And now I would like to learn more about SW curriculum. Do you have a
Sign Writing curriculum from kindergarten to grade 12 for deaf children, not
adults? To my knowledge I believe that only 2 teachers
( Cecila Flood in USA, Stefan Worhenman in Germany and one researcher(Kegl
in Nicaragua) (another may be Brazil) have been teaching sign writing
course to deaf children since many years. Also, I know that Juliette (
France), Katheren ( Belgium) and others ( Germany- Swiss, and so on) have
been teaching the Deaf children an introduction to SW for a few years. What
about the popular hearing trainers ( Val, Ingvil, Stefan) and deaf trainers
( Therirry, Lucyna, Stuart) who give to hearing and deaf adults an
introduction to SW.
While visiting the Centre of Total Communication in Danemark in 1998, I
asked the hearing and deaf teachers if they were using the SW in the class
in 1998 and the answer was no.
I already checked your SW book for adults and also found you have a few
children books ( literature) for reading. Do you have a strategic
instrument to teach deaf children how to read and write SW? As an example,
French hearing children in grade 1 learn to form the regular plural of the
nouns by adding an s: chat-chats ( in English, cat-cats). But, they
cannot acquire the plural auxof nouns ending in al in grade 1:
cheval-chevaux ( in English ox-oxen). It is only in grade 2 that the
hearing children can acquire appropriately the plural aux of the nouns
As the level of grades seems important for deaf children to acquire the
symbol of rotation, my question is : should it be in grade 2 or in grade 3?
As far as I am conserned I do not know.
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