Question: How do I teach SignWriting in 6 hours?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Apr 10 16:26:10 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
April 10, 2007

(my answer to a question I received)

There are two ways that I teach SignWriting:

1. With internet access and a computer...
Will your group have internet access during the presentation? Will  
they have computers?

If YES, then I would teach them the symbols at the same time that I  
teach them to use the new SignPuddle 1.5, which was just posted on  
the web on April is a good way to learn SignWriting because  
it leaves the student with a useful tool they can continue to use,  
long after the workshop is over...And while they are constructing  
their signs using the software, you can teach them what each symbol  
means and why the signs are constructed as they are...

Video Instruction Online (that requires no language)

Finnish Sign Language SignPuddle Dictionary Online

VGT Woordenboek SignPuddle Online

French-Belgian Sign Language SignPuddle Online

There is a way to use SignPuddle without an internet connection...And  
some Linguists are now starting to use SignPuddle software for their  
linguistic research...Here is some info for them:

SignPuddle Private Servers used by some research labs


2. Without computers, using standard printed materials...

There are two documents I use to teach in the standard way, knowing  
that I only have 6 hours:

Document download page:

Choose Number 7 and 8 on that page:

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Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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