20 March 2010

Manipulative Visual Language

Lucy Cole works at Deaf Connections in Glasgow. She will tell us about "Manipulative Visual Language" and how it improves literacy among Deaf adults.

Presenter: Lucy Cole
Title: Manipulative Visual Language
Date: 24th March 2010
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Business Executive Centre, Heriot-Watt University, EH14 4AS (how to get there)
BSL/English Interpreter: Kyra Pollitt

Download the poster

UPDATE: You can see some photos and video clips from the seminar at http://edsign34.blogspot.com/2010/03/video-clips-from-lucy-coles.html.

In 2009, staff from Deaf Connections’ Adult Learning Project ran a successful pilot study using Manipulative Visual Language (MVL) with a small group of Deaf adults in Glasgow to improve literacy levels.

MVL is a tactile and visual teaching system using two- and three-dimensional coloured shapes to represent grammatical concepts. It has been used successfully with Deaf children in the USA and Canada. Deaf Connections were the first to use it with Deaf adults whose first language is British Sign Language (BSL).

Deaf Connections now aims to promote MVL and provide guidance for its use with Deaf adults who want to improve their literacy skills.

You can learn more about MVL at http://www.green-bridge.org.

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