Networking for Sign Language Learning and Teaching

By Maria Mertzani.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.95-102. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 509.424KB).

Maria Mertzani

PhD Student, Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

I am a PhD candidate in Computer-Mediated Communication and Sign Language Learning at the Centre for Deaf Studies, in Bristol University, U.K. I hold a Master of Philosophy Degree in Greek Sign Language Teaching Methodology from the University of Bristol. and a B.A. Degree in Philosophy and Education from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I was a Teacher of the Deaf but now I work occasionally as a Trainer of Teachers of the Deaf in Greece. I am the coordinator of the Greek Sign Language Program at the YMCA Foundation in Thessaloniki, Greece, which I have developed in September 2004. Since 2001, I am presenting and publishing papers concerning the teaching and learning of sign languages. My research interests include learning sign languages as first/second languages, teaching methodology and eLearning.


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