What characteristics define the role of the perfect sign language teacher?

1 November 2019

International sign language symposium at UCLan discusses good practise and pledges to disseminate learning across Europe

Leading sign language academics from across Europe met at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) recently to discuss the characteristics and environment which contribute to the make-up of the perfect sign language teacher.

The three-day international symposium, which was held in collaboration with the European Network of Sign Language Teachers (ENSLT), focused upon the sign language teaching role, enhancing reflective practise, competence and the profile of the sign language teacher in higher level education among other key issues.

Two leading lecturers in the field, Dr Luigi Lerose from UCLan and Thomas Geissler from the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, facilitated the event which saw participating attendees representing a number of European countries, including Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Latvia, Italy and Malta.

“Our European colleagues who attended the event were really impressed with our facilities and enjoyed their visit to Preston,” said Dr Lerose.  “It was agreed by all that the valuable learning outputs from the symposium would be disseminated to sign language teachers, specifically in higher education, throughout Europe.”