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ProSign website Promoting Excellence in Sign Language Teaching
ProSign website "Promoting Excellence in Sign Language Teaching"
10 II 2021, 18:49:00

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.

All you need to do is forward this e-mail, deleting the text of the message before you press "Send”. Your recipients will then only receive the embedded image. Please note that all of the text contained in this e-mail is also available online in International Sign language and in English.

Many thanks in advance,

Kind regards,

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

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