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Seminar series 2017: Multimodal literacies and pedagogies for critical citizenship

29 May, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Seminar by: Brendon Bussy


Graphic Notation: exploring its usefulness for creating collaborative physical theatre in a deaf multilingual learning environment.


This paper discusses an experimental collaborative physical theatre making process with deaf learners at a South African deaf school. Communicating concepts quickly and fluently can be difficult in multilingual deaf environments. This project explores graphical language as an easily adaptable medium for malleable and effective communication, able to bridge challenges of low literacy levels. Bringing together a ‘mash up’ of graphical language systems, hand written graphics can be adapted and changed by the participants in a collaborative process resulting in a fluid language tool.


The potential flexibility of the approach within the context of Physical Theatre and a multilingual learning environment, suggests a broader application within other learning areas for deaf and also other learners who experience barriers to the acquisition of various literacies. It may be used as a bridge for introducing written language (as SignWriting is used to teach written aural languages to deaf learners) and as a means for expressing ideas, by learners not yet comfortable with writing aural language. Cross-disciplinary potential of this method extend beyond subjects in the Arts and Humanities that have obvious reliance on spatial, movement and time based concepts  (such as Design, Drama, Music) to  the teaching of science.


Brendon Bussy is a special needs teacher, musician, artist and maker living in Cape Town, South Africa. He is based at the Dominican School for Deaf Children in Wittebome, where he teaches design and creative arts. He is the recipient of the 2014 Western Province Award and the 2015 South African National 1st runner up

Award in the category Special Needs and Inclusive Teaching.


29 May, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Brendon Bussy


School of Public Health
School of Public Health
Bellville, West 8003 South Africa
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