The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of
Europe is pleased to announce the completion of the ProSign
resource website “Promoting excellence in sign language
, an output of the ECML programme “Languages at the heart of
learning” (2016-2019). The website is in both International Sign
language and English and has been developed in a bottom-up process
involving deaf experts and experienced sign language teachers from
inception to completion.
The resources contained on the site are intended for sign
language teachers, sign language teacher educators, curriculum
developers, sign language evaluators, and professionals involved in
sign language teaching, learning and assessment.
The ProSign resources integrate sign language education into
Council of Europe language policy developments, building upon the
work carried out between 2012-15 to establish European standards
for sign languages for professional purposes in line with the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The highlights of the site include a model of a signed version
of the European Language Portfolio (ELP) and different ways in
which it can be used by teachers and learners. There are examples
and resources for the assessment of signed language learners’
proficiency as well as an adaptation of all CEFR levels to sign
languages (from A1 to C2) in a modality neutral version. This work
is directly related to the latest edition of the CEFR Companion
We believe that these cutting-edge resources will enhance
quality, professionalism and standardization of sign language
teacher education and programmes where sign languages are taught.
Moreover, they will help increase awareness of the linguistic and
cultural diversity of sign languages in Europe, and of the
importance of sign language teaching and learning within the
framework of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
We would be grateful if you could use your networks to spread
the word about this new resource website.
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Many thanks in advance,
European Centre for Modern Languages of
the Council of Europe
Promoting excellence in language
Centre européen pour les langues vivantes du
Conseil de l´Europe
Pour l’excellence dans l’éducation
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