The final preparations are being done now for the ProSign / efsli October conference in Belgrade. It is still possible to register, so please do so as soon as possible in order to gain insights into the newest developments of Sign Language Teaching and Pedagogy! The preliminary programme is available also on the website.
Greece embraces CEFR for sign language teaching
More than 25 Deaf GSL teachers and teachers-to-be from all over Greece have actively enrolled in the training program for CEFR levels in the teaching of sign languages. Added to these are 7 hearing staff and interpreters of sign language schools that need to be familiar with these concepts / methodology. Since 23rd July they have been studying the CEFR material made available in GSL and Greek, and have started uploading signed exercises according to CEFR on our platform, to be monitored between Chrissostomos Papaspirou, Galini Sapountzaky, the Association of GSL-tutors and discussed with all of the participants in a workshop between 20-26 August 2018. ECML ProSign 2 Expert Team members Christian Rathmann and Beppie van den Bogaerde are involved in the program.
Dissemination of CEFR for Sign Languages
Christian Rathmann (Coordinator of Pro-Sign 2) gave one of three talks at a conference in Tabriz, Iran in early August which was organised by the Deaf Iranian NGO Cooperation Network. This talk focused on the importance of teaching Sign Language as L2 for the implementation of UNCPRD and introduced the competency levels of CEFR for Sign Languages.
At the upcoming SIGN9 conference at the University of Warsaw on 22-25 August 2018 next (see http://sign9.uw.edu.pl/en/), Thomas Geissler and Christian Rathmann are going to share current work on "CEFR-based Sign Language Assessment: A Multistage Procedure and Error Analysis".
The Pro-Sign 2 project team:
Christian Rathmann (coordinator), Tobias Haug, Lorraine Leeson, Beppie van den Bogaerde