The Directorate is an administrative institution in the field of education and its main objective is to improve quality and support progress in education in accordance with law and government policies, best evidence and international standards.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. Student possesses knowledge of the fundamentals of sign language.
1.2. Students have a basic knowledge of methods, theories and concepts in sign language, linguistics and translation studies.
1.3. Students have a general perspective of deaf culture and history.
1.4. Students have a clear knowledge of the grammar of sign language, proficiency in sign language and deaf culture and history.
1.5. Students have received further practice in the use of sign language and in translation studies.
2. Practical skills
2.1. Students have acquired independent working methods and mastered scholarly presentation skills in both written language and oral expression.
2.2. Students are able to work independently and in an organised manner on specific subjects within the field of sign language.
2.3. Students are able to make use of guidance and comments in order to enhance analysis in the area of sign language linguistics.
2.4. Students are able to set objectives, prepare a project schedule and follow it when writing a scholarly paper.
2.5. Students are able to understand Icelandic Sign Language and express themselves in it without difficulty.
3. Theoretical skills
3.1. Students know the fundamentals of critical research and are able to draw on sources in their own analysis.
3.2. Students understand scholarly texts and are able to use them in their work.
3.3. Students are able to use basic concepts of sign language in analysis and essay-writing.
3.4. Students have acquired the skills to examine texts from the perspective of sign language linguistics.
3.5. Students have had practice in the use of sign language.
3.6. Students are able to explain given aspects of sign language and other aspects of culture relating to it in a scholarly manner.
4. Communication skills
4.1. Students show initiative and interest in their studies.
4.2. Students are able to work independently and in groups.
4.3. Students are able to express themselves clearly and in an organised manner in speaking and writing.
4.4. Students are able to report on subjects relating to sign language in a public forum, both in Icelandic and in Icelandic Sign Language.
5. General learning skills
5.1. Students have acquired necessary learning skills to be able to undertake further studies in sign language and other related subjects.
5.2. Students adopt the basic essentials of scientific analysis and autonomy.