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Ground-breaking learning resources developed with University of Westminster's partner colleges

6 March 2014

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We're producing several learning videos and materials for deaf teacher trainees with our partner college, the City Literary Institute in London - thanks to a Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) research bid worth £60,000.

Developed by specialist teacher educators, interpreters and online technologists, these blended learning resources for initial teacher education use British Sign Language (BSL). The innovative resources will support an Award in Education and Training, and a Certificate in Education and Training.

BSL, like any language, evolves and changes. Most people don't realise is that it's not a language that works in parallel to English, it became nationally recognised in the 1990s.

According to Action on Hearing Loss, there are 3.7million deaf people employed in the UK and one in six people in the UK have some form of hearing loss. Even with these numbers, the filmed resources available today are very limited and tend to focus on practical tips and hints for teaching.

The City Literacy Institute now wants to produce videos in BSL that encourage a deeper understanding of learning, allowing for an integrated approach in the teaching practice of deaf teacher trainees.

To find out more, please visit the Further Education news website.


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