BSL QED Research

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BSL QED Research 

My name is Clark Denmark and I am a member of the project team that has put together this web-site. Before I joined there were a number of team members who had already completed alot of research on this project and I joined the team and became involved.

I will give you some background in relation to the research to give you a better idea of why the project was set up and what has been done so far.  The funding for this project was received as a result of the campaigning for the recognition of British Sign Language (BSL) in 2003.  The government announced that one million pounds would be made available after recognising BSL.  But in fact the actual money available increased to one and half million pounds.  

The money was distributed to various bodies, one of whose remit was to design and create a BSL web-site which is called Sign-Online.  The aim of the Sign-Online web-site was to design a new curriculum for the teaching of BSL in higher education and to create new teaching materials inorder to increase teaching confidence.  

Prior to the project, whilst BSL was taught in FE materials were not readily available which affected the confidence of teachers of BSL.  With the availablilty of the new materials provided by Sign-Online it meant that teaching materials became accessible for use in the classroom.  Subsequently this had an impact on the quality of teaching BSL.  

Because of the success of the Sign-Online project and the work of the partners involved a successful bid was put forward by UCLAN in order for the Sign Online project to continue.  The project was aimed at Higher Education, both teachers and students.  

In order for the bid to be successful a proposal was written which involved the establishment of the project partners.  Including University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), the partners were University College London (UCL) - DCAL Centre which is a Deaf Studies and Sign Language research centre and Lancaster University.  Lancaster University became involved because of their reputation and experience in teaching modern foreign languages.  Through the esablishment of the project UCLAN has been able to work in partnership with the two universities.


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