1st Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics: Sign Language Learning and Teaching

Thursday, 24 September 2009 to Saturday, 26 September 2009
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Bristol
Submission Deadline: 
Thursday, 5 March 2009

1st Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics

Date: 24-Sep-2009 - 26-Sep-2009
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom
Contact: Maria Mertzani
Contact Email: M.Mertzani@bristol.ac.uk

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Sign Language
Meeting Description:

1st Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics
'Sign Language Learning and Teaching'
24-26 September 2009
Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol - U.K.

We are pleased to announce the 1st Applied Sign Linguistics Symposium,
organised
by the Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol - U.K.

Very little corresponding research has shown that sign language teaching and
learning has clear parallel teaching to second language teaching research.
In
addition, major advances in sign language research have altered the ways we
teach and learn sign languages as second or/and first languages in schools,
language programmes of Higher Institutions and lifelong learning programmes.
Recent developments in sign linguistics research influence decisions made
for
the integration of specific methods, curricula and teaching materials for
the
learning and teaching of sign languages.

The aim of the symposium is to tackle these issues and generate, for the
first
time, academic discussion over the emerging field of Applied Sign
Linguistics.
The question that will lead our discussion is the following:

How can applied linguistic theory inform research and practice in the
teaching
and learning of sign languages?

Keynote Presenters

I. Professor David Little, Centre for Language and Communication Studies,
Trinity College, Ireland.
II. Dr Richard Kiely, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
-U.K.
III. Sandra Smith, Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol -
U.K.
IV. Linda Day, Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol -
U.K.

British Sign Language (BSL) and English are the official languages of the
symposium.

Symposium Organiser
Maria Mertzani, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Deaf Studies, University
of
Bristol, U.K.

Programme Committee
Jim Kyle
Lorna Allsop
Michiko Kaneko
Gerald Clibbon