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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon May 10, 1999  1:48 pm
Subject:  Re: A Question I Can't Answer...


Angus wrote:
> What I'm trying to say is that I can't think of any direct way
>that learning a few signs would help your students recognize English words
>by sight. On the other hand, teaching them a basic conversational sign
>vocabulary would send a powerful message of tolerance and inclusion. If
>you want to do this right, you'll find a Deaf person from your community
>who can come in and do a guest lecture so that the kids learn a bit of the
>true grammar of ASL, not just a few signs.
> -Angus B. Grieve-Smith
> Linguistics Department
> The University of New Mexico


Angus - Thanks for your terrific message and I will forward it to the lady
who wrote to me, asking the questions. I believe she was hoping that there
was some research that shows that hearing children benefit from using a
signed language - I think that is what she wanted to know! But no matter,
the above point you make is a good one - if she can teach the hearing
children properly, especially if she invites a member of the Deaf community
to be involved with their training, then she is giving them a tool for
future communcation and that is good for the world in general.

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


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