Inquiry from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia!!
Shane Gilchrist O hEorpa
shane.gilchrist.oheorpa at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 8 18:07:10 UTC 2007
congrats on setting up the new degree - that is much needed in Eastern
Africa and I am very delighted to hear the news.
As for the BA Sign Language Studies...
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in England will start their
BA (Hons) in British Sign Language this October - you can get in touch
There's a university in Brazil that have started teaching the degree
in LIBRAS - its very interesting - some of the researchers/teachers
there are on this list - they will help you out in this.
There are other universities elsewhere but I dont have it off my head right now.
On 08/09/07, Valerie Sutton <dac at signwriting.org> wrote:
> SignWriting List
> September 8, 2007
> Dear Eyasu and SW List Members!
> Congratulations, Eyasu, on your new job. It is exciting to think that
> your Department of Linguistics will be planning a BA degree program
> for Ethiopian Sign Languages and Deaf Cultures...I can imagine it
> must be a complicated project to be in touch with Deaf people in such
> a vast country with so many languages...
> So of course, we will do whatever we can to assist...
> SignWriting materials can be donated to your teachers, but you need
> more than just SignWriting...
> Does anyone on the List know how to setup a Sign Language
> curriculum...a four-year program? Who should Eyasu speak with, in the
> US, or in Germany, or in Brazil, for example? We needs contacts and
> some specific suggestions and advice for a Sign Language curriculum
> Perhaps it is time that SignWriting be a part of any Sign Language
> curriculum...not as a separate subject, but an integral one with
> teaching Sign Language...
> I hope someone will answer, as I do not know any contacts for Eyasu
> about Sign Language curriculum development...
> Val ;-)
> On Sep 8, 2007, at 9:01 AM, Eyasu Tamene wrote:
> > Dearest Val, and list participants
> > Many greetings to you from Addis Ababa , Ethiopia .
> > I would like to appreciate for your effort you are doing each day
> > to the SW list. May the almighty God give you strenght and courage
> > for further progress!
> > As you may know Ethiopian deaf people have limited access to join
> > the higher institution for basic reasons that there is no trained
> > person and sufficient support for their career. Taking this
> > issue into consideration, Addis Ababa University, Department of
> > Linguistics has planned to open a 'BA program in Sign Language and
> > Deaf Culture' one year after now. The plan is to train deaf
> > teachers and make them productive citizens of the nation. This
> > effort is hoped to contribute a lot to alleviate problems that
> > hinder the expansion of Sign language and deaf education in Ethiopia.
> > The department has hired me as a Sign Language Expert. Currently
> > we are designing the syllabus for the BA program. I would
> > appreciate if you can provide me with the necessary info that would
> > help me in designing the syllabus for the undergraduate program for
> > Sign language unit'? I would be glad if you could send me the
> > necessary contacts of other SL universities/ institutions with
> > their contact address.
> > It is a good idea to include SW in the sign language program
> > syllabus. But my question, as you may know not much of the
> > materials in sign language and related fields are available neither
> > in the university nor in surrounding. How can I get the experiance
> > of those sign language schools, colleges and universities in order
> > to design a syllabus of a BA in Sign language program that is
> > compatible to the Ethiopian context.
> > Thank you and hope to read you sooner.
> > Sincerely yours,
> > Eyasu
> > Luggage? GPS? Comic books?
> > Check out fitting gifts for grads at Yahoo! Search.
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