Experienced teachers of the deaf, Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark provided their popular workshop entitled ‘The contact sign continuum and its application to the classroom’ to the Victorian College for the Deaf on Monday 5 May 2014 and Furlong Park School for Deaf Children on Tuesday 6 May 2014.
This is the foundation workshop in Baker and Stark’s dynamic and cutting edge Reading Series workshops, which have been designed specifically for staff working in bilingual settings.
The workshop drew upon the most recent research from both the sign language linguistic and deaf education fields and applied it practically to the classroom.
A major part of the workshop was the analysis of real footage of deaf children and adults interacting and reading together which allowed participants to draw strong connections between the literature and classroom practices.
Staff attending were able to build an understanding of the contact sign continuum and the different ways deaf people sign using natural sign languages and natural sign systems.