The aim of this paper is to reflect on sign language learning (as a first language to the Deaf or as a second language to the hearing) through virtual learning environments. Integration of ICT appears to be the latest trend among sign language classes. Numerous Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) material and websites constitute resources for sign language teachers and learners, since they are containing video or/and animating material accessible free of cost and vice versa and therefore, they can be used as teaching/learning tools in the classroom. Especially, the shift to Internet creates an environment suitable to learner’s pace of learning a sign language. The classroom is more learner-centered, whereby learners learn the language at their speed, thereby having the control over the learning process. Tutors, on the other hand, play the role of the facilitator, who decides about the resources available to learners and consults them how to proceed with the material in order to learn the language. Accordingly, the computer can mediate the interaction between the learner and the tutor when they are spatially dispersed. Based on SLA theories I would like to present how existing networking technologies can be used (and are used) beneficially for sing language teaching and learning purposes.
|Keywords:||Networking, Web Resources, CALL, Sign Language Teaching and Learning, Sign Language|
PhD Student, Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
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