Massiel will add videos to teach you how to keyword sign for the eBook ‘When is Daddy coming home?‘ on this page.
This week we learn new signs in our Key Signing Story. The word for house is different to home. With “house” you outline the structure. I’m using the variation sign for house you’ll find in Signbank.
When asking questions, you can use your face (raising eyebrows). Facial expressions are a huge part of communication in many cultures, but especially in Deaf communities. So encourage one another to use the expressions. Tell the story with your face, body and gestures, movement.
That is why in one scene I’m “asking” with my eyes and not a sign.
Remember, I’m using Key Signing, where the key words are in Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Auslan has its own unique linguistic structure. As we are translating a written “hearing culture” story, this is being told in key words using Auslan key signs, but not in the way they would be used in Deaf conversation.
I’m currently doing a refresher course with an agency called Auslan Consultancy. They are team of Deaf individuals are passionate about sharing their language with you.
If you see a variation, or something that may need adjusting, drop me a line.
Here is the next part to our story in KWS – Key Word signing
“At other times daddy is a long way away in Australia”. By now you should be comfortable with the sign for Daddy. It is the F sign in Auslan done twice. And we now have a sign for Australia. This is definitely a great sign to learn and get your students learning.
“Sometimes I get scared and sleep in mummy’s bed just in case she gets scared too”
The word “scared” you need to show the emotion. This will be fun to try with your students. Though I had to do it a few times because I crack up laughing, as you might do too (because it’s fun).
Did you know the sign for mummy and mum and mother has two signs? The one in the video is one of the signs. Or you can do the letter “m” twice as can be seen in sign bank.
The suggestion is that you pick one or two signs you want to focus on with your children. The variety of Key Word Signs (using Auslan signs) are given for you to select the ones you like.
So which is your favourite sign this week?
This week we’re looking at the sign for:
- Talking on the phone
- I love love
- I’m really good at
- Grandma visits
- talking and talking
- we go to the park
I think my favourite sign this week is “I’m really good at” because you have to show the face like you mean it. In fact you should be using genuine expressions with your signing. It may feel a little animated at first. It will make you a better story teller and communicator.
With KWS (Key Word Signing), it’s up to the teacher or parent to work out what at the important key words for your students to learn. You might only focus on one word at a time. Repetition is crucial for sign language. This week for example, you may want to focus on grandmother/grandma/nanny (it’s the same sign).
As you get familiar with the story you can add more signs. We’ve included as many as possible so that you have variety and not so that you feel you have to learn them all for story telling.
Finally, a reminder that KWS uses Auslan signs to tell support this story telling the way it’s written. Auslan (language of the deaf community) is a beautiful language with it’s own unique linguistic grammar and structure. If you’re going to learn sign language, then do consider Auslan in your state. It’s a wonderful experience to learn with a deaf teacher too.