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Building the Capacity of Deaf Communities through Applied Sign Linguistics

23 December, 2013
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We are pleased to announce the draft programme for our 1st March workshop, ‘Building the Capacity of Deaf Communities through Applied Sign Linguistics’, which will be held in Greenbank Lecture Theatre at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, UK.

The workshop covers areas such as literacy, corpus-informed teaching, and assessment, and will include invited guest speakers from the UK and internationally (including Jordan, India, Canada, and the Czech Republic). The programme includes presentations, group discussions, hands-on activities, information/book stalls and a panel discussion featuring national and international Deaf Community representatives alongside academics. The discussion panels will be chaired by a number of internationally renowned academics and community leaders.

Interpreting will be provided, and the workshop will be accessible in spoken English, International Sign and British Sign Language. The workshop is free of cost, and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be catering throughout the day. Please note that places are limited, so email iSLanDS academic coordinator Simeon Hart (SHart1@uclan.ac.uk) to book your place.

The draft programme is as follows:

10:00 Arrival and welcome
10:15 Dr. Uta Papen (Lancaster University), Dr. Karin Tusting (Lancaster University) & Prof. Ulrike Zeshan (UCLan): “Methods of Researching Literacies in Context”
10:45 Paul Scott (British Council, Amman, Jordan) with colleagues from British Council: title TBC
11:15 Tea/coffee break

11:30 Sibaji Panda (UCLan), Tamara Kováčová (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic) & Praveena Davis and Silvy Maxi Mena (National Institute of Speech and Hearing, Kerala, India): “Approaches to Deaf Literacy in India”
12:00 Parallel discussion groups (indicative titles: Hands-on session on sign-language based teaching materials; Deaf-led projects and community engagement)
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Parallel discussion groups (indicative titles: Hands-on session on sign-language based teaching materials; Deaf-led projects and community engagement)
14:45 Nick Palfreyman (UCLan) & Dr. Chris Jones (UCLan): title TBC
15:15 Tea/coffee break
15:30 Dr. Kristin Snoddon, David Peikoff Chair of Deaf Studies, University of Alberta, Canada: title TBC
16:00 Panel discussion
16:30 Closing words
16:45 Finish

The final programme will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

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