date_range Starts on April 4, 2016
event_note End date April 10, 2016
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assignment Level : Introductive
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Learn about Catalan Sign Language in daily life, its grammar, and importance to the deaf community with this free online course.

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Syllabus

Do you have an interest in learning a sign language? Do you want to know how to make your community more inclusive? Are you interested in linguistic studies? In this free online course, you will learn the basics of Catalan Sign Language (LSC), the sign language used by the deaf community in Catalonia, and a valuable research area for sign language linguists. Learn basic Catalan Sign Language During the course, you will practice a lot of “finger gymnastics”. By the end of the course, you will understand common signs and expressions, signed slowly and clearly, that relate to yourself, family life and work, and the immediate environment. You will also be able to express yourself in simple terms, ask simple questions about everyday topics, and use expressions and simple phrases to describe well-known places. Finally, you will be able to sign short texts such as a story. Explore Catalan Sign Language as a natural language of the deaf community You will learn about the wider significance of Catalan Sign Language and about the importance of the deaf community having their own language. Although Catalan Sign Language is recognised officially in Catalonia, often the deaf community can seem isolated. By learning about sign language, and the reality of the deaf community, both the hearing and the deaf can put an end to social exclusion. Catalan Sign Language as an object of linguistic study With interest consistently increasing in linguistics and sign language being a compelling area of study, Catalan Sign Language is a valuable research area for the world’s (sign language) linguists. During the course you will examine a variety of Catalan Sign Language characteristics, including basic components of grammar such hand configuration, place of articulation, and movement; morphology, such as concordance and expression of plural; and finally basic syntax, such as word order.
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Instructors

  • Josep Quer
  • Alexandra Navarrete
  • Cristina Gelpí
  • Delfina Aliaga
  • Gemma Barberà
  • Santiago Frigola
  • Sara Cañas
  • Marc Gispert
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Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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