French-Belgium : another deaf school about to adopt SW and other news..

Anne-Claude Pr=?ISO-8859-1?B?6Q==?=laz Girod acpg at VTXNET.CH
Sun Mar 19 21:52:33 UTC 2006


que de bonnes nouvelles!! c'est un super développement de l'utilisation de
SignWriting en Belgique freancophone!!! Félicitations!!

J'ai  plusieurs reprises discuté de SignWriting avec Nathalie Marenne
(responsable du service d'interprète) que tu connais bien si je ne me trompe
pas...... elle m'avait même proposé de venir enseigner SignWriting jusqu'en

Vu que tu es sur place je pense que c'est nettement plus simple sur le plan
de l'organisation et du suivi!!! vous devriez prendre contact l'un avece
l'autre (je lui mets copie de ce mail pour information)

par ailleurs.. comme tu le sais certainement , le support de cours de
Valérie a été intégralement traduit en français avec insertion d'exemples en
LSF (Suisse romande).... il est à disposition de tous... et comme il existe
en format Word sur le site... tu peux facilement insérer de nouveaux
exemples en LSB!! (

bonne semaine 

A bientôt


De : "Thierry Haesenne" <thierry.haesenne at>
Répondre à : sw-l at
Date : Sun, 19 Mar 2006 00:59:22 +0100 (CET)
À : sw-l at
Objet : [sw-l] French-Belgium : another deaf school about to adopt SW and
other news..

Hello everyone, 

If you haven't seen me lately on the list it is because I have been so busy
I haven't even been able to follow up with everything on the list... Sorry
guys! I am not letting you down....

Val, and all the others, you will be happy to learn that another Deaf School
in French-speaking Belgium has asked me to train their teachers (three deaf)
about SW... They will start using it as soon as they have finished their
basic training with me. The hearing teachers will be trained later...

It's the Centre d'Enseignement Spécial Provincial de Mons (CESPM) in Ghlin
(near Mons in the Hainaut Province, about 70km south-west of Brussels). 

A few weeks ago, I gave a short training session with my colleague Damien on
SW and the glossing system during a special training day for the teachers of
the Deaf. Someone from Ghlin passed on the message and about two days later,
I was contacted and asked whether I could train two deaf people. The
training session started on Friday and there will be several further
training sessions until mid-May. But I encouraged the deaf teachers to start
using SW with the kids (especially the handshapes and locations on the
face). The movements will be taught later.

I was also asked to organise a seminar on SW in one Deaf Club in Brussels on
21 April. The aim is to introduce deaf people and LSFB teachers to SW, and
also encourage hearing people to use it to learn LSFB in a more efficient
way. Also a group of LSFB teachers asked me to train them in SW, but we
haven't arranged a date yet. I guess it will be in September since I don't
have much availabilities till then. 

My colleague Damien is still training teachers of the Deaf in Brussels but
they are still a bit afraid of using SW and the glossing system every day
(they have used it on and off in class so far). In the bilingual school of
Namur, some teachers were introduced to SW but have not requested any
further developments. I guess it is just a matter of time... Until now, only
the IRHOV (Deaf school in Liege) has started using it in class, and it will
soon be followed by the CESPM of Ghlin.

Val, I am teaching LSFB to Cecile Beaufort, so I see her twice every week!
She often asks me questions about SW during pauses. I still need to go to
her class to assess the progress and give her some guidance. Do not worry, I
am keeping a close eye on the development of SW in French-speaking Belgium!

I guess that in the near future, most Deaf Schools in French-speaking
Belgium will be using SW (except the ones with a strong oralist tradition).

I hope that's enough good news for now!!! smile :-)

Take care, all of you!


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