BATOD
The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
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Facets of Sign

Revising the policy document - sign bilingual educationRuth Swanick reports on work in progress to modernise the document 'Sign Bilingualism: A model' by Miranda Pickersgill and Sue Gregory (1998). The revision of this document is a consultative process.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
BSL InitiativesAnne McGuire, Minister for Disabled People, outlines the projects which were reported on at the BSL Initiatives Conference in December 2005 and provides a brief report on progress and results. The Government dedicated £1.5m in funding to ten projects designed to help increase the number of BSL tutors and raise awareness of the communication needs of Deaf BSL users.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Total Communication - what does it mean in 2006?Over the years the term ‘Total Communication’ (TC), in deaf education, seems to have meant many different things. Penny McDonald asks What does it mean to Teachers of the Deaf (ToDs) today? Do we need the term?
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Sign bilingual education and CISusan Gregory looks at both sides of the debate about cochlear implants and sign bilingualism. She suggests, in this article, that while there are differences, there are similarities in two developments. In deaf education it often seems easier to focus on difference and to polarise positions, when the aims and aspirations that are held in common are more important than the difference. A focus on shared concerns and on the contribution various developments can make to deaf education is likely to improve rather than diminish the educational experience of deaf children.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Bilingualism - two different modelsAnne Worsfold, Executive Director, Cued Speech Association UK has arranged for contributions from France and America to demonstrate the success of Cued Speech to support bilingual education.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Sign bilingualism and CI - the challengesJohn Evans, Chairman, WPSE, emphasises that SE differs significantly from Sign Supported English (SSE). In SSE, spoken English is accompanied by signs taken from BSL but signs are produced to match, in general, only the important words such as nouns and verbs. This contrasts with SE in which each word is accompanied by a sign and markers are used to indicate for example tense by adding a past tense marker to the sign for the verb, or plurals by adding a finger-spelt ‘s’ to the sign for a noun.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Developing BSL teaching and learning resourcesCath Smith Deafsign.com tell ToDs that she wishes to develop more sign graphics generally - for the Early years pack and other materials. If you are using signs that you need graphics for, we invite your direct involvement to do this and will try to respond to requests, depending on demand. Signs need to have consensus of use by BSL users and be sent with a full description of how each sign is formed. A number of schools have requested curriculum specific vocabulary but our priority for this year will be everyday vocabulary development.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Move to unitisation of qualifications at CACDP Bob Peckford Director of Development, introduces the programme of work underway in 2006 to unitise the portfolio of qualifications at CACDP.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Total Communication - what does it mean in 2006?Sue Archbold, The Ear Foundation, discusses the fact that although cochlear implants have made intelligible spoken language an attainable goal for the majority of profoundly deaf children, many choose also to use sign language. It is evident that children can use sign language first and move onto spoken language, given appropriate input, and there are also up to 40% of deaf children, likely to have another difficulty, for whom sign language may be appropriate.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Communication Support workersKaren Turner (previously Long) Coordinator of CSWs/BFSWs, DAHIT, Leeds challenges ToDs to think about exactly what is expected of CSWs. She examines several issues which need to be resolved to ensure a happy and recognised area of the profession of deaf educators.
Facets of Sign15 Jan
Sample resourcesitems provided by authors for you to download and either use directly on your computer or print out as a resource.
Facets of Sign15 Jan