AW: [sw-l] GERMANY...Article published on SignWriting Jan 23, 2005

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Sun Jan 23 11:31:38 UTC 2005

Hello Lucyna and welcome to our List !!!!

So you are able to read German documents? That would allow you to have
direct access to many of my documents that are posted on my homepage

Ha - the question about using so many different systems is a difficult one -

I had to learn that there are many different interests involved in teaching
or supporting deaf children from hearing background.

So you never can say from outside - without having a close look at the
biographical and social background what kind of teaching concept is adequat,
successful, ...

...and there is a conflict - constantly - how much time should be given to
articulation and how important is the focus on SL competence

>From my 10 students 10 - 16 years old - there is only one child from a
German speaking family - all others experience a foreign language at home.

None of the parents achieved minimal SL - competence - so they are not able
to comunicate with their child ... And whenever I try to explain the
importance of SL they express their difficulties and many reasons -

Nevertheless - we achieved now a level of SL competence - DGS ( that means
voiceless but moving the lips a lot - just as the DEAF German sign - )
This kind of comunication does  n o t  follow the grammar of the spoken
Language -

But now you see the advantage of SignWriting  or GebaerdenSchrift - as we
call it here - With the support of lots and lots of  written documents the
students understand better and better that they have to decide - spoken
language ( signing word by word with or without loud speaking) or pure DGS -
following the rules of the SL without voicing any word ...

It is wonderful to watch the students how easy and competent they identify
the difference between these two types of documents. They larn to "read"
DGS-written texts but translate and speak at the same moment in perfect
Grammar ! ( Of course not all of them - and there are still steps to go. But
all of them improved tremendously by the use of Valerie Suttons wonderful

More questions??

Have a super day!

Stefan ;-)

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  Von: owner-sw-l at
[mailto:owner-sw-l at]Im Auftrag von Lucyna Dlugolecka
  Gesendet: Sonntag, 23. Januar 2005 10:54
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  Betreff: Re: [sw-l] GERMANY...Article published on SignWriting Jan 23,

  Yeah, congratulations, Stefan! I have just read the article. I like it. I
would like to ascertain of that your Deaf students speak German and use
German Sign Langauge at the same time? Or they just vocalize some words and
some not? Do you speak and sign at the same time? Aren't there big
differences between grammars of these languages?

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Valerie Sutton
    Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2005 4:16 AM
    Subject: [sw-l] GERMANY...Article published on SignWriting Jan 23, 2005

    SignWriting List
    January 23, 2005

    Congratulations to Stefan!!

    IN GERMANY....
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