Sign Language

The Summer School in Sign Language aims at giving both deaf and hearing students, from Italy and from abroad, the opportunity to learn more about different types of sign language in an intensive 2 weeks programme where they can also share their experiences within an international context. Participants can choose from a list of intensive courses in Italian, American sign language and Italian language for deaf foreing students. These main courses can be combined with modules on Italian deaf culture and on tactile Italian sign language.

Programme

The Summer School aims to create an international community over the summer by bringing together students interested in the world of sign language from all over the globe in an intensive study programme.

In addition to the 30 hour language courses which allow students to develop basic or intermediate competencies in LIS (Italian sign language) or ASL (American Sign Language), the Summer School offers an insight into the Italian deaf culture leading students through the beginning and the growth of the cultural specificities of the Italian Deaf community by presenting its rich artistic and expressive components. 

The Summer School offers courses taught by expert instructors for all types of students: deaf students, hearing students, Italian or international, as well as teachers or anyone interested in the topics.


Dates and course structure

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Summer School will be held online from June 29 - July 10. Modules can be combined according to the schedule available in the section below.

Courses 2020

Italian Sign Language (LIS) - basic level - 30 hours

Recipients: Hearing and Deaf students with no competence in Italian Sign Language.
Language used: Italian Sign Language (LIS)
InstructorMirko Pasquotto

The course aims at developing a basic competence in LIS. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand and produce simple declarative, negative and interrogative sentences in LIS and will be able to interact in simple conversations.
Topics covered: to produce and ask for personal information (name, last name, age, date of birth, geographical origin, hobbies, profession), lexicon connected to: time (past, present and future), geography (Italian cities), daily activities and free time, family, colors, emotions, animals, transportation.

Italian Sign Language (LIS) - intermediate level - 30 hours

Recipients: Hearing and Deaf students with a basic competence in Italian Sign Language (equal to 30 hours of basic course)
Language used: Italian Sign Language (LIS)
InstructorMirko Pasquotto

The course aims at developing an intermediate competence in LIS. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand and produce declarative, negative and interrogative sentences in LIS and will be able to interact in conversations on different topics.
Topics covered: the course will concentrate on enriching the lexicon and on the comprehension and production of sentences (declarative, interrogative, and negative) at an intermediate level. In particular, the topics covered will be:

  • Identity card and personal information
  • Means of transportation
  • At the bar or restaurant
  • Talk about the family
  • Time: week, months, years
  • Day’s activities
  • Emotions
  • Needs and requests
  • To give (indoor and outdoor) indications

American Sign Language (ASL) - basic level - 30 hours

Recipients: Hearing and Deaf students with no competence in Italian Sign Language.
Language used:
American Sign Language (ASL)
InstructorGabriele Caia

The course aims at developing a basic competence in ASL. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand and produce simple declarative, negative and interrogative sentences in ASL and will be able to interact in simple conversations.

American Sign Language (ASL) - intermediate level - 30 hours

Recipients: Hearing and Deaf students with a basic competence in American Sign Language (equal to 30 hours of basic course)
Language used:
American Sign Language (ASL)
InstructorGabriele Caia

The course aims at developing an intermediate competence in ASL in the following grammatical domains: type of sentence (declarative, interrogative, negative), time information, aspect, classifiers. Students will be engaged in conversations regarding daily activities and the description of places and objects.

Italian language for deaf foreign students - 30 hours

Recipients: Deaf students with no or very little competence in Italian
Languages used: (written) Italian, Italian Sign Language, American Sign Language (ASL), English
(written)
Instructor: Genny Brusegan Conte

The first level of the Italian course for Beginners introduces the Deaf students to the Italian
language by giving them the basic tools which can be useful for daily communication.
It will include basic vocabulary and grammar theory always connected with the practical and daily
use of the language. Hints concerning Italian culture will be given as well by highlighting the
differences among the different students’ cultures. Moreover it will be useful to integrate the LIS
knowledge they learn in the parallel course with the Italian vocabulary.

Tactile Italian sign language (LISt) - 10 hours

Recipients: Deaf and hearing students whose competence in Italian Sign Language (LIS) is at least of level A1.
Language used: Italian and LIS
InstructorLaura Volpato

The aim of the course is to provide basic information about the deaf-blind world so that students can gradually approach it. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize and apply some of the main communication systems used by the Italian deaf-blind community, amongst which, tactile Italian Sign Language.

Italian deaf culture in Italian - 10 hours

Recipients: Deaf and hearing students
InstructorRita Sala

The Italian Deaf community has its origin in the Italian history and culture and has inevitably been influenced by these aspects and by the historical and social events that have affected our country. However, it also has its own history closely linked to the educational choices made in the past years, especially since the end of the 1800s.

The Italian deaf culture is the result of all this and its specific traits are inextricably linked to its history, but above all to the visual language that characterizes it, the Italian Sign Language. This course, starting from some historical premises, will lead the students to understand the beginning and growth of the cultural specificities of the Italian Deaf community, by presenting its rich artistic and expressive components. Further details will then be presented to describe the historical and political situation currently experienced by Deaf people in Italy.

Italian deaf culture in ASL - 10 hours

Recipients: Deaf students
InstructorRita Sala

The Italian Deaf community sees its origin in the general Italian history and culture and has inevitably been influenced by these aspects and by the historical and social events that have affected our country. However, it also has its own history closely linked to the educational choices made in the past years, especially since the end of the 1800s.
The Italian deaf culture is the result of all this and its specific traits are inextricably linked to its history but above all to the visual language that characterizes it, the signs language.
This course, starting from some historical premises, will lead the students to understand the beginning and the growth of the cultural specificities of the Italian Deaf community, presenting its rich artistic and expressive components. Further details will then be presented to describe the historical and political situation currently experienced by Deaf people in Italy.

Schedule


Programme Directors

Chiara Branchini
Anna Cardinaletti


Fees and applications

Fees

  • The fee for each 30-hour course is € 350,00.
  • The fee for each 10-hour module is € 150,00.

Courses and modules will be activated based on a minimum number of participants. Programme costs cover all instruction (additional tutorial hours can be scheduled if requested) and student administration (including the issue of a final transcript).

Applications

Applications are now open. Application deadline: June 7th 2020.

After the application deadline, participants will receive an email confirming the activation or the cancellation of the chosen course(s). Should the course be confirmed, candidates will be required to pay the enrolment fee within 5 working days.


Payment details

Payment must be made by bank transfer/wire to the following account:

Account name: Ca’ Foscari School for International Education (CFSIE)
Account number: 46603825
Bank name/address: Banca Popolare FRIULADRIA, San Marco 4121 Salizada San Luca, 30124 VENEZIA
IBAN: IT 96 U 05336 02020 000046603825
Reference: "Sign Language ONLINE 2020 - student name"
For international transfers, SWIFT code: BPPNIT2P326

All transfer fees are to be covered by the student.

NB: students must send confirmation of payment to  summerschool.international@unive.it

Last update: 26/05/2020