SignWriting in Sign Language classes
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Oct 2 14:07:41 UTC 2007
October 2, 2007
Dear SW List members!
Recently I have had several questions from teachers wondering how to
teach SignWriting in their school...They have asked for "course
outlines". I actually do not have a course outline for teaching
SignWriting as a separate subject...I just follow the Lessons in
SignWriting textbook format...
But that is the OLD way of teaching...
I would like to suggest a NEW approach as well as the old way...
Maybe it is time to start using SignWriting as a part of Sign
Language classes, without necessarily having a separate course in
Of course there is nothing wrong with a separate course in
SignWriting! But separating it as a separate subject can confuse the
When we learn French or Spanish in school, we learn to speak French
or Spanish in class, and we also learn to read it and possibly write
it in class too...all in the SAME class...
So when you are teaching Sign Language courses, provide the students
with the signs they are learning in class, written in SignWriting on
paper, which they can take home with them, to study with...
So although SignWriting can be taught as a separate subject, I am
suggesting that it might be best to just use it during classes where
students are using Sign Language...we write complete books in Sign
Language now, in SignWriting...so what is really needed is more
reading material in the Sign Languages of the world...
This week and I am putting a book together using SignBank DocumentMaker:
...it is the ASL Bible, Chapters 1-7...a very large document!
I hope different religions will also start writing translations of
their religious texts into SignWriting too...
After the book I am working on right now, I will do the layout for
Cat in the Hat and Sleeping Beauty...so we are slowly getting
literature to read...
Many thanks to all of the writiers!
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