Final presentations: Bilingual E-Book Authoring

Date and Time:
6 December  2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC) - Atrium

The students of Deaf Studies 595 "Bilingual E-Book Authoring" and their professor Dr. Gene Mirus invite the campus community to attend an exhibition of their final projects.

These projects have been created in collaboration with the students and professor Dr. Donna Jo Napoli of Linguistics 063 "Supporting Literacy Among Deaf Children" at Swarthmore University in Pennsylvania.

Swarthmore students and Dr. Napoli will also be in attendance at the exhibition. The projects represent a semester's worth of research, collaboration, and applied learning; which have culminated in a diverse selection of children's ASL/written English bilingual e-books.

Please join them for what promises to be a very exciting event!

Course Descriptions:

Deaf Studies 595: Bilingual E-Book Authoring (Gallaudet)
This project oriented course examines issues involving the development of ASL/English bilingual ebooks. Overview of eBook production from authoring to publication will be the main focus of the course. This includes the pre-production phase which will examine translation issues, the production phase which includes the videotaping storytelling in ASL, and the post-production phase which will look at various authoring tools. Students will be expected to create eBooks geared for ASL/English bilingual children. Whether your main interest is filming, storytelling, literacy, linguistics, child development, or something else, your participation in the course will be valued.

LING 063. Supporting Literacy Among Deaf Children (Swarthmore)
In this course, we will develop ebooks for young deaf children. Adults can "read" these books with the children regardless of their knowledge of American Sign Language (or lack thereof). Working from beloved picture books, we will add video clips of actors signing the stories as well as voice-overs and questions about sign language that the interested reader can click on to find information. Students must have a rudimentary knowledge of American Sign Language or concurrently take an attachment in ASL language. A background in linguistics, theater, film, early childhood development, or education would be helpful. Students from Gallaudet University will join Swarthmore College students in this jointly taught course. We will travel to Gallaudet University three times and students from Gallaudet University will travel to Swarthmore College three times over the semester.

Posted by:
Carla Morris
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