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Promoting excellence in sign language instruction

This project will develop a professionally-oriented competency framework for sign language teachers and provide B2 level materials and learning activities from different European sign languages. We will also create a European language portfolio (ELP) that takes account of any modality specific requirements for sign languages.  Read more

Working languages of the project: International Sign Language, English
Project term: 2016-2019
Shortcut: www.ecml.at/Pro-Sign2

 

Who will benefit from the project?

The direct beneficiaries of this project will be sign language teacher educators and curriculum developers for sign language instruction. Student teachers, teachers and other learners of a sign language will benefit too as we will formulate a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) related framework of competencies and learning outcomes for SL teachers. This framework will form the basis for sign language instruction in sign language teacher education and in programmes where sign languages are taught (e.g. interpreter education). The products will be available via open access, with guidelines to support operationalisation and embedding of outcomes into existing or new sign language programmes. Teachers and learners will be able to access the guidelines and, via the basic ELP, become (more) autonomous learners. The material and assessment resources will ensure that examples of sign language teacher competencies will always be available for benchmarking across Europe.

Envisaged outputs

  • A comprehensive user guide for sign language teaching and learning within the framework of CEFR (with an emphasis on B2).
  • Practical examples of how the existing learning and teaching tools are used in sign language education, including reviews of national curricula (including learning outcomes as well as teaching and learning materials) with an emphasis on B2.
  • Development of European Language Portfolio for sign language learners.
  • A comprehensive analysis of the need for, and feasibility of, a Common European Framework of Reference for Language Teachers (with focus on B2).

Envisaged outcomes

  • Enhanced quality of sign language education which meets the needs of all sign language teachers and learners in terms of curricula and materials within the context of CEFR (with special focus on B2).
  • Professionalisation and standardisation of sign language teacher education.
  • Broader awareness of the importance of sign language teaching and learning within the framework of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and within the terms of inclusion.
  • Enhanced awareness of the linguistic and cultural diversity of sign languages in Europe.
  • Acknowledgement of sign language education as an instance of foreign language education.
  In cooperation with the 
Moscow State Linguistic University

This is a project of the European Centre for Modern Languages within its "Languages at the heart of learning" programme 2016-2019.
Go to the programme webpage

 
It is a follow-up to the project Sign languages and the Common European Framework of References for Languages. Descriptors and approaches to assessment (ProSign) carried out in the ECML’s 2012-2015 programme.
Click here to go to the publication website.


Network meeting videos


How are sign language teachers prepared? 
By Eveline Boers (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences/University of Amsterdam)


What is the impact on sign language teaching?
By Katja Tissi (HfH Switzerland)


What are the advantages of the CEFR and the ELP?
By Thomas Geissler (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

 
What is the impact of the CEFR and ELP on Sign Language Teaching in Europe?

By Luigi Lerose (University of Central Lancashire) and Radka Novakova (Charles University)

 
How is the CEFR running in your country?
By Delfina Aliaga Emeterio (Universitat Pompeu Farba)

 
What is the impact of the CEFR on Sign Language Planning and Sign Language Recognition?

By Gergely Tapolczai (Hungarian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

 
How is involvement in the PRO-Sign project of benefit to your institution

By Alina Guseva and Galina Skurlatova (both Moscow State Linguistic University)

 
What has been the impact of the CEFR on sign language teaching at your institution?

By Carmel Grehan (Trinity College Dublin)

 
What has been the impact of the CEFR on sign language teaching at your institution?

By Ingela Holmström (U Stockholm)

 
How has being involved in the PRO-Sign network been of benefit to you in your professional development?

By Hilde Haualand (Oslo Metropolitan University)

3rd ProSign Conference 

The 3rd ProSign Conference will be held at the School of Philology, University of Belgrade (Serbia) on October 19 and 20, 2018. Fore information click here.

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