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Sign bilingualism workshops with Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark

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Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark presented a ‘Language experience approach to reading’ at VDEI on Saturday 9 February 2013. 
This workshop explored the theory around Language Experience Readers as it applies to deaf readers and its critical place in a reading program for signing deaf children.  Participants received the opportunity to produce Language Experience Readers in various formats and discovered ways of integrating their use into all areas of the curriculum.
Michelle Baker has been working as a teacher of the deaf for nearly twenty years. For the last five years, Michelle has been involved in the production and delivery of training in relation to Sign Bilingual education for staff working with deaf children.
Michelle Stark is a qualified teacher of the deaf and professional sign language interpreter. Michelle has worked with deaf children at all ages of schooling from the early years right through to tertiary level. For the last two years she has been involved in the development and delivery of training in relation to literacy and deaf children. 
‘This workshop should be MANDATORY for any Teacher of the Deaf to do,’ says Maria Burgess, Teacher of the Deaf at the Victorian College for the Deaf. ‘These courses far outweigh anything I learnt at University. Uni only scratches the surface of general practice.’
Michelle Baker and Michelle Stark will be presenting more workshops on ‘Reading and assessment’ in May and ‘Sign language narrative & written narrative of signing deaf children’ in September this year. For more information, click here.