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Thank you to our Deaf Academic participants and trainers

10 September, 2015
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We’d like to heartily thank all of the participants and session leaders who made last week’s Deaf Academic Training Programme so illuminating and enjoyable. We were honoured to welcome 14 deaf academics from South Korea, Costa Rica, India, China, the Czech Republic, Scotland and the USA. 20150905_124919_ksb
The trainers used International Sign and exploited participatory methods with a philosophy of peer learning to encourage collaboration among the participants, who found this approach valuable. Prof Ulrike Zeshan, director of iSLanDS, commented: “One key aim of this training was to employ a range of new styles of delivery, so it was fantastic to see the group engaging in mock theatre as they took part in a decision panel for project funding applications, playing a board game taking them from the manuscript stage of an article to its final publication, and drawing from visual prompts such as maps showing where endangered sign languages are used”.
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In their evaluations of the week, participants said that the sessions on publishing, using statistics, signing academic texts, and developing an academic career were especially useful. They also took part in a social programme, including a visit to the Deaf Gain exhibition in Lancaster, with a presentation by record-breaking deaf sailor Gerry Hughes.
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We sincerely appreciate the hard work and enthusiasm of everyone who contributed toward this exciting week, including our valued participants and colleagues from BSL/Deaf Studies and iSLanDS. We look forward to announcing further training opportunities soon. Please email us at islandsinfo@uclan.ac.uk if you are interested in teaching or participating at future events.
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