Trevor,<br><br>once i perfect my SW, i hope to set up training workshops in the UK and Ireland but yeah i ll train ye no prob ;-)<br><br>Everyone,<br><br>Have met a few deaf people in Bergen - the deaf club, the deaf school etc - it seems that Ingvild have taught half of Bergen's deaf community as she was a high school teacher. I met the chair of Bergen Deaf Club who was the Chair of Norwegian Deaf Association for 3 years - now a science teacher at Hunstad (a deaf school here in Bergen). He was one of Ingvild's best students - I have to say that I am impressed with this - thats a good teacher we are talking about! :-)
<br><br>Spoke to a few deafies - they asked me about the advantage of SW - some have learned that a while back - in 1991-1992 i think (im not very good with numbers even in my native language!) and they are trying to see the advantages in that language - one possible problem is that SW isnt used, say its not on the doors, its not used in newspapers - for instance, Bergen Dovesenter publish a regular newsletter (good quality and all that) - perhaps one can try a regular signwriting column - it will make people listen and think. I will suggest that to Ingvild here.
<br><br>As I kept saying in the past, in order for SW to succeed, we do need backing from the deaf organisations and deaf schools (and even the linguists) - not very easy I know - but we can look at the Belgian case - if they can do it with a little push from the ESWO, no reason why we can't do the same.
<br><br>We have to remember the Danish case here - it was popular at first then suddenly it went quiet - we have to look into this and find out why it was the case.<br><br>Its hot here and we visited the deaf school yesterday - the kids there are great :-) - they have SEVEN deaf teachers (its a small school) and I was very impressed - there is a mixture of oral deafies (
i.e. deafies whose preferred language is Norwegian) and NTS deafies (fluent in Norwegian Sign Lang) - but they work together great - and the school is great. The odd thing about the school is that there is a large number of girls there - and very few boys - thats not normal in deaf education where girls are more likely to be mainstreamed but Ingvild explained that Norwegian is a very difficult language to speak so maybe it is the case there.
<br><br>More to come...<br><br>Shane (ESWO)<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 16/08/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Trevor Jenkins</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org
</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">On Wed, 16 Aug 2006, Shane Gilchrist O hEorpa <shane.gilchrist.oheorpa@gmai
...:<br><br>> Everyone,<br>><br>> im in Bergen, the 2nd biggest city in Norway - the hometown of our lovely<br>> Ingvild! :-)<br><br>Very glad you arrived safley after all the problems at British airports<br>this past week. Was thinking about you making that journey after we met on
<br>Saturday.<br><br>> ... and of course to improve my SignSpelling<br>> and SW movement as Ingvild is very good in that.<br><br>Don't forget that when you are back in London we have another pub session<br>where you can pass on some of that great knowledge to me.
<br><br>Regards, Trevor<br><br><>< Re: deemed!<br><br><br></blockquote></div><br>