Title Open Learning to Sign Language
Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66234
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The OPEN Multi-language platform is an educational tool for learning the English language in combination with 6 different sign languages/systems. The OPEN Multi-language platform has been designed and implemented by sign language experts and others language education professionals. This project provides European signers a new tool with video courses in:
- International Sign (IS)
- Italian Sign Language (LSI)
- Poland Sign Language (PSL)
- Greek Sign Language (GSL)
- Sweden Sign Language (SwSL)
- Spanish Sign Language (SpSL)
The videos have been subtitled and structured in units where different situations about "everyday life" are reproduced in order to have access to the most useful words and expressions. All units have been divided in level of proficiency according to the CEFR which has been recently adopted by most of EU sign languages as well.
Why is this project necessary?
There is a severe shortage of quality educational materials that cause the exclusion of deaf people.
Bilingual education is the only way for deaf children to gain equal opportunities and allowing them to become full citizens in their own right. (final conclusion from the sign language conference in Ål,Norway,organised by World Federation of the Deaf (WFD),European Union of the Deaf (EUD),and Ål Experiential College). Becoming bilingual in the national sign language and the written language of one's country of residence is a fundamental right. National sign languages are the mother tongues of deaf people and the only language they can acquire fully and effortlessly. To function in society it is essential for deaf to become proficient in the respective (written) language of the country. Therefore, meaningful bilingualism must be ensured in education as early as possible and throughout the course of the whole educational path, including Lifelong Learning Programmes.
Why we chose to solve this problem?
The educational needs of hearing people can be improved, but the educational needs of deaf people are forgotten. Our project addresses the needs of the hearing impaired people to be proficient in their written language. For this reason, we created OPEN tool that incorporates all learning methods for ISL, up to C3 (CEFRL)
General Objectives achieved
-Eliminate communication barriers and foster the learning of foreign language for the deaf.
-Make available to learn other languages and cultural diversity for the deaf through ICT, the methodology of e-learning.
-Ensuring equal opportunities for deaf people to participate in training activities of this kind.
Specific Objective:It has been designed a tool for language learning for people with hearing impairment.
-It has designed an e-learning educational package for learning the English language combined with the international sign system
-Transferable methodological tool to use for learning other languages
-Teaching research. Planning and monitoring for the inclusion of people with hearing impairment in training development activities
-Objectives were implemented to get the program development
-The methodology was piloted in the framework of vocational training. We have worked with e-learning, presentation of multimedia contents and materials that supported curriculum integration
-Pilot testing of the platform. Virtual program
-Monitoring and evaluation
- Development of the overall Teaching methodology
- Implementation of the OPEN platform
- Production of the e-learning contents and materials
- Pilot testing of the platform
- Monitoring and evaluation of the activities
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
material for open learning
open and distance learning
- N°1 e-learning educational package for learning the English language combined with the international sign systems.
- N°2 transferable methodology that can be used with other sign languages.