16 February 2010

Policy and Practice in Sign Bilingual Education

photo of Ruth Swanwick
Dr Ruth Swanwick is Senior Lecturer in Deaf Education at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on the use of sign language in the education of deaf children and ways in which this supports language and literacy development.

Presenter: Ruth Swanwick
Title: Policy and Practice in Sign Bilingual Education: Development, Challenges and Directions
Date: 10th March 2010
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Godfrey Thomson Hall, Moray House School of Education, EH8 8AQ (how to get there)
BSL/English Interpreter: Kyra Pollitt

All welcome!

Download the poster

UPDATE: You can see some photos and video clips from the seminar at http://edsign34.blogspot.com/2010/03/video-clips-from-ruth-swanwicks.html.

UPDATE: View the slides

Sign bilingual education was first introduced in the UK in 1990. Now advances in technology and medical understanding are providing new opportunities for deaf pupils and changing their learning and communication needs.

In her presentation, Ruth will review the growth of sign bilingual education in the UK and show how key educational issues and priorities have evolved and changed over time. Then she will look at current issues in sign bilingual education, such as early literacy and the role of sign language for deaf children with cochlear implants. Finally, she will suggest new directions for sign bilingual education in terms of learning and teaching and future research.

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