second czech workshop

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Tue Feb 20 21:39:20 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
February 20, 2007

Hello Honza, and everyone in the Czech Republic!


And thank you for writing this report. I have been so busy lately  
that I actually did not realize when this second workshop was taking  
place...Thank you for telling us. I am really impressed...

As you know, Steve is working on a new version of SignPuddle, version  
1.5, and I am working on SignBank 8.5. We hope to have both programs  
ready in March, 2007. That is just a few weeks away...

So that is what has distracted me ;-)

Although I will be working "behind the scenes" for the next few  
weeks, please keep posting your reports and pictures and ask any  
questions needed...We are here for you no matter what...and later I  
will post your information on our web sites...

By the way, I think you will be very happy with the new SignPuddle  
1.5, which can type in the Czech spoken language too, and you can  
create your own icons in Czech signs and Czech it will  
help the teachers in the Czech Republic, because their students will  
be able to have a software interface completely in your native  
languages...and in SignBank 8.5, we have linguistic fields that can  
be used for linguistic research...

Thanks once again, Honza, for informing us, and please send my  
regards to your co-workers for me...

I hope others on the List will also post reports on their SignWriting  
work too. When you post reports to the List, it records our history,  
since the messages are stored in our SignWriting List Archives:

SignWriting List Archives

Val ;-)


On Feb 20, 2007, at 1:17 PM, Honza wrote:

> Hi Europe, Val and all,
> as you may know, after international workshop in Prague, I arranged  
> in the second czech biggest city (Brno) in the east part of country  
> czech national workhop
> I arranged it with support of "Support Centre for Disabled  
> Students" at University there.
> Workshop lasted just one day, because I expected also people from  
> another party of country and also from Slovakia (finally they  
> couldnot come), so they didnot have arrange accomodation.
> Although the number of participant was limited, we get 18  
> registrations.
> Finally 15 participants came + 2 interpreters, who were intepreting  
> for hearing participts. but participated as well.
> We were teaching in two (alternating).
> If you are interested in program:
> workhop lasted from 10am till 5:30pm
> morning: what is SignWriting, short history, basic symbols and  
> rules with reading exercises .
> afternoon first part, more symbols and rules with reading  
> exercises, www, SignPuddle, SignMail, translate.
> second part - working in groups - reading 3 questions written in  
> SignWriting, answering, then part of czech translation of Goldilock  
> (see here: ) and each group working out few  
> more sentences in SingWriting.
> Before the end - two participants showed the whole story with  
> ending of other group (had to read it and show)
> I think workhop was very succesfull (btw all two left Stefans books  
> was sold in a minute)
> After the end, some participants told me: they believe SignWriting  
> will be used in Czech schools soon (in few years).
> Also one teacher (hard of hearing) who teaches deaf children drama,  
> likes to teach them how to write the manual alphabet in SignWriting.
> its a pity I dont have photos yet, so will send it later.
> Honza

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