Signs2Go : British Sign Language for Foreign Signers

4 Participating countries:
Project Reference: 143392-LLP-1-2008-1-UK-KA2-KA2MP
Part of :

Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\LANGUAGES (KEY ACTIVITY 2)\Multilateral Projects

Summary

For the majority of Deaf people who use a sign language as their first or preferred
language, the only realistic option is to learn a second sign language. The opportunities
to do this, however, are extremely limited. The interest on the other hand, is high. Deaf
people travel abroad, Deaf students study abroad.
In the Signs2Go project, we want to accomplish two objectives:
1. to develop an on-line e-learing course to teach British Sign Language (BSL) as
a Foreign Language
2. to develop sign-bilingual methods and e-learning tools for teaching sign
languages as foreign languages, to sign language users.
3. We will develop the course in e-learning format, 1. to reach as many Deaf
learners as possible in our countries, and 2. to show as many teachers,
educationalists etc., worldwide, how the internet can be used to reach and
teach Deaf sign language users.
To accomplish these goals, we will explore and verify creative solutions to the following
challenges:
a. Many Deaf learners are illiterate or semi-literate, even in their own national
language. Both the language of instruction and the foreign language therefore
will be sign languages.
b. As yet there is no generally accepted writing system for sign languages, we wil
use video instead of text. All text-based tools commonly used in e-learning will
be therefore converted to a video-format (hyper-video, video-linking, etc.).
c. Many of our target group are true beginners in several respects: this may be
their first attempt at learning a foreign language, at e-learning, and at lifelong
learning in general. Thresholds will therefore be low, no assumptions will be
made as to prior learning; usability and attractiveness for the target group will
be high.
The output of the project will be:
1. An online e-learning course to teach BSL as a foreign language to Deaf
signers in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Norway. The course can be
used by independent learners at home, but also in traditional classroom
teaching or in blended learning format. Guidelines and examples for teachers
will be included.
a. 2.Verified generic methods and tools to teach a sign language as a foreign
language to Deaf signers.
Dissemination and exploitation plans will describe the actions the consortium will
undertake to encourage and support other organisations, who want to use products
developed in the proposed project.

Results

Results for this project are not available.

Coordinator

PRAGMA - EQUAL ACCESS

Slakkenstraat 58 HOENSBROEK 6431 NJ
lpyfers@pragmaprojecten.nl
+31 847106472


Partners

MOLLER KOMPETANSESENTER
ISLA SRL SIENA SCHOOL FOR LIBERAL ARTS
HS MD-SDL-STENDAL UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

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