The project seeks to promote international mobilities of students with hearing loss enrolled in higher education programmes in the partner countries. The international project partnership with different expertise works towards achieving this aim. The project focuses especially on increasing language skills of the students in written English and it promotes the interest of students in studying British Sign Language. The project outputs therefore aim to obtain a better insight into the needs of the target group with regards to the language competences as well as acquire more indepth knowledge of the methodology of language learning and teaching and design of suitable study and teaching materials.
1. Survey and case studies of Deaf EFL learners
The research, led by experts on foreign language learning at the Department of English Applied Linguistics at Loránd Eötvös University, focuses on the area of language learning and teaching and motivation to study English among Austrian, Czech and Hungarian university students with hearing loss. Based on the research results, recommendations will be made for teachers of English working with the research’s student target group.
1.1 Survey and case studies research findings
This part of the project was undertaken by the Hungarian team from the Department of English Applied Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), with the support and participation of the Austrian and the Czech colleagues. Based on the Hungarian team’s previous experience, the baseline research for the LangSkills project was designed as a mixed-methods investigation including a barrier free survey questionnaire and individual follow up interviews.
An online survey was conducted among Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing students in higher education in three participating countries where English is taught as a foreign language. Altogether 54 students could so be recruited: 12 from Austria, 27 from the Czech Republic, and 15 from Hungary.
In order to get a better and deeper understanding of the data from the participants’ perspective, individual face-to-face follow-up interviews were conducted at the three participating institutions in Brno, Budapest, and Vienna with four students/former students at each location.
Using these methods, a great amount of information was gathered which can be used as justifications for the methods and materials used in the online course of written English (Output 3) and the language teaching methodology materials (Output 2).
The final report describing the investigation process can be found here: Output 1 Final report.
The results of the investigations are published in leading national and international journals in English and in Hungarian and have been and will be presented at significant national and international conferences (see the list).
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2. Practical materials for teachers of English
This output consists of a set of materials for teachers of English working with students with hearing loss. It provides theoretical background for teaching languages to students with hearing loss and practical teacher guides, which focus on the possibilities of teaching reading and writing. These materials are complemented by practical demonstrations of possible activities.
3. Online course of written English
The course is intended for students with hearing loss who want to improve their English language skills with a focus on communication in academic environment and student exchanges such as Erasmus+. The course content is designed to help students improve their ability to work with texts, increase their writing skills and acquire learning strategies that can be applied universally in any language learning.
4. Online courses of British Sign Language
This course is designed for signing students who want to acquire basic knowledge of BSL. Although there are numerous BSL online courses, they are typically addressed to course participants who express themselves verbally. This course meets the needs of deaf BSL learners and therefore it includes instructions in International Sign and suitable teaching approaches.