What was the project about?
The PRO-Sign project aims to establish European standards for signed language proficiency for professional purposes, focusing specifically on sign language teaching in Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreting programmes. The project will provide definitions of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) proficiency levels for signed languages and develop a sample assessment kit for signed language competency at the C1/C2 level indicating the qualification of professional interpreters.
PRO-Sign is the first and highly significant step towards the establishment of European standards for specifying proficiency levels for use in Deaf Studies and Interpreting prorgrammes offered at tertiary level.
It entails three key goals:
drawing on preliminary work hitherto undertaken in adapting the CEFR to signed languages, PRO-Sign will (for the first time) provide definitions of proficiency levels for signed languages;
PRO-Sign will provide an elaboration of curricula that focus on these levels with specifications of signed language curricula for hearing learners of a national/ regional signed language; and
PRO-Sign will develop a sample assessment kit for signed language competency at the C1/C2 level, which we associate with the signed language competency that demonstrates fitness to practice as a professional interpreter.
Outputs will include a set of guidelines for developing curricula and a set of teaching and learning guidelines along with an instrument that builds on the ELP for signed languages, allowing graduates of signed language interpreting programmes to easily map out their signed language competencies vis-à-vis their spoken language competencies.