Sign Language

The Summer School in Sign Language aims to give both deaf and hearing students the opportunity to learn more about different types of sign language in an intensive 2 week programme where they can also share their experiences within an international context. Participants can choose from a list of intensive courses on Italian, American and tactile sign language, and Italian language courses for deaf students as well as modules on Italian culture and on deaf culture in Italy.

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 competencies in LIS (Italian sign language) or ASL (American Sign Language) such as understanding and producing simple declarative, negative and interrogative sentences and being able to interact in simple conversations, the Summer School offers insight into deaf culture in Italy starting from its historical premises, then leading students to the beginning and 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.


Courses

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 (30 hours)

Recipients: Hearing and Deafstudents 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.

Italian Language for Italian deaf students (30 hours)

InstructorLaura Volpato

Recipients
: Italian deaf students whose competence in Italian Sign Language (LIS) is at least of level B1 competence. They should be able to read and write in Italian (basic literacy).
The lessons are delivered in LIS and (written) Italian.
The aim of the course is to take students step by step into the wonders of the Italian language, by starting from very simple written texts. LIS and written Italian are alternated during the lessons. By the end of the programme, students will be able to read and understand short texts which can be found in everyday life, as well as to write simple messages.


Italian Language for international deaf students (30 hours)

Recipients: Deaf students with no or very little competence in Italian
Languages used: (written) Italian, Italian Sign Language and American Sign Language (ASL)
InstructorLara Mantovan

The objective of the course is to provide a basic knowledge of (written) Italian. At the end of the course, students will have acquired the competence to understand and produce simple sentences in Italian and will be able to correctly use the basic Italian lexicon.
Topics covered:

  • Nouns: masculine/feminine, singular/plural
  • Personal pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Definite and indefinite pronouns
  • Numbers
  • Simple sentence: subject, verb and direct object
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Basic communication: to greet, to introduce yourself, to ask for information

Programme Directors

Chiara Branchini
Anna Cardinaletti

Last update: 28/10/2019