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Promotion excellence in sign language instruction


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Dear colleagues,

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 instruction” (https://www.ecml.at/prosign) , 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 Volume.

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 Disabilities (CRPD).

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,

Kind regards,

Sarah BRESLIN
Executive Director 

 

European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe
Promoting excellence in language education
Centre européen pour les langues vivantes du Conseil de l´Europe
Pour l’excellence dans l’éducation aux langues

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Calling teachers, teacher educators, curriculum developers, and professionals involved in sign language teaching and assessment
 

  • Would you like to learn more about the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and how it relates to sign language?
     
  • Would you like to know more about the benefits of the European language portfolio for sign language and how the Portfolio can be used for sign language learning and teaching?
     
  • Are you interested in the definition of competences for developing curricula for sign language teachers’ education?
     
  • Are you looking for examples and resources related to sign language testing and assessment, both in a formative and summative framework of assessment which can support sign language teaching and assessment?

If so, this new open-access resource website, available in International Sign language and English, is definitely for you. The resources have been developed in a bottom-up process involving deaf experts and experienced sign language teachers from inception to completion:



“Promoting excellence in sign language instruction
www.ecml.at/prosign



  

   Click on the links below to go directly to the different resources:

an assessment guide with test examples for classroom based and other types of testing

a European language portfolio (ELP) for sign languages learners

a Moodle e-ELP platform (guest access)

a list of teacher competences and curriculum guidelines for teacher training

sign language proficiency levels and background information about the CEFR


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