Signs2English is a project that aims to give all Deaf adults a new opportunity to learn to read and write in English, allowing them a wider participation in globalised society. The course is developed with a practical and tested methodology, with appropriate materials and testing procedures to give profoundly Deaf people the opportunity to acquire working competence in a major written language (English).
If you work with deaf people who have difficulty with reading and writing, this course could be a very useful tool. We are looking for partner organisation in every country to help us make it accessible in as many national sign languages as possible. Please use the Contact Us facility to send us a message so that we can show you the course in detail.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Signs2English is organised into units.
UNIT 1 – HELLO
This is the very first unit and is called ‘Hello’.
In this unit you will learn how to greet people in written English, how to say hello, hi and so on.
You will also read and write about 4 deaf people; Heidi, Thom, Victoria and Harry. They will guide you through the course.
Some of you will be familiar with some of the words and grammar in this Unit. Some of you might find them more difficult. But we hope that by starting at the beginning, you can increase your confidence in reading and writing English.
By the end of this first Unit you will be able to:
1. Greet people.
2. Introduce yourself and say where you are from
3. Write basic personal information about yourself and other people.
4. Read and understand basic personal information from a written text.
5. Recognise different ways of giving personal information, both formal and informal.
UNIT 2 – FAMILY & FRIENDS
This second unit is called Family and Friends.
This Unit is a long Unit – and it has been divided into 2 parts; Part 1 and Part 2.
By the end of this section you will be able to:
1. Select and understand information about family relationships.
2. Write basic information about your family and friends.
3. Recognise and use words for common objects.
4. Express possession, who something belongs to.
5. Understand the basic rules of how to structure written English
In this unit we will be reading and writing about family and friends in greater detail. By the end of this unit you will be able to:
1. Read and write basic personal information.
2. Read and understand texts describing people.
3. Write basic personal information, describing yourself and other people.
UNIT 3 – HOBBIES & LEISURES
In this unit you will be reading and writing about hobbies and things that you do in your leisure time. The focus will be on
likes and dislikes.
So, by the end of this unit you will be able to:
1. write about what you like and what you don’t like
2. answer questions about other people’s likes and dislikes
3. and know how to use a dictionary to help you learn to read and write English more effectively.
UNIT 4 – A DAY IN MY LIFE
In this unit you will be reading and writing about your daily routine; the things you do every day. The focus will be on vocabulary and the simple present tense (verbs). By the end of this unit you will be able to (4 things):
1. read and understand a description of someone’s daily routine.
2. write a description of your own daily routine
3. write a description of a friend’s daily routine
4. understand and use the present simple tense in descriptive writing.
UNIT 5 – MY LIFE
This unit will recap some of the vocabulary you learned in previous units and introduce grammar which will help you to write English more fluently. We are focusing on the theme of ‘My Life’. By the end of this unit you will be able to:
1. to write and read information about your life and other peoples’ lives;
2. share information about yourself with others via email;
read and spell English words for calendar time.
UNIT 6 – SETTING UP HOME
This unit will recap some of the vocabulary you learned in previous units and introduce grammar which will help you to write English more fluently. The theme of this unit is setting
up home. By the end of this unit you will be able to:
1. read and understand texts describing someone’s house and everyday objects;
2. identify and spell vocabulary related to the house and everyday objects;
write a description of the contents and location of objects in your own house.
UNIT 7 – TRANSPORT & TRAVELLING
This unit explores the theme of travelling and transport.
By the end of this unit you will :
1. be able to recognise and use vocabulary related to the theme of transport and travel;
2. be familiar with grammar relating to travel information and on-line booking forms;
3. understand how to fill in an on-line booking form.
UNIT 8 – AT THE WEEKEND
This is the final Unit. We hope you enjoy it! In Units 1-7, we looked at and practised the simple present tense; I go, we walk, he drives and so on … In this unit we will be focussing on a different verb tense: the past tense…
By the end of the unit you will be able to
1. recognise and understand new vocabulary for hobbies and places of interest
2. read and write about events that happened in the past
3. ask others about past events
4. and write a postcard, incorporating all this new information.