Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE LLT5071

 
TITLE Advanced Maltese Sign Language 1 for Sign Language Interpreters

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit consists of exposure to extended vocabulary in areas of everyday conversation including: everyday life activities, education, travelling, current affairs, disability issues. The practical component consists of encounters with Deaf adults at the Deaf Club, conversations in LSM with individual Deaf adult volunteers either face-to-face or via social media. This will provide exposure to the range of varieties of LSM in the Deaf community to enable the student to understand a wide range of signing styles. The study-unit will include work involving both the reception and expression of discourse in LSM. It also includes the understanding and use of Deaf conversational characteristics.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:
- Extend the student's LSM vocabulary to cope with everyday conversations;
- Extend the student's receptive knowledge to a wide range of Deaf signers;
- Extend the student's ability to express him/herself in LSM without resorting to spoken languages;
- Enable the student to become a confident signer in different settings.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Understand (this is assessed through part of the examination at the end) and use appropriate vocabulary related to topics such as family, travel, food and drink, current affairs, education, disability issues, health and emotions;
- Understand (this is assessed through the examination at the end) and use classroom appropriate conversation, descriptions and explanations.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Relate confidently to any Deaf adult;
- Converse in LSM without resorting to speech;
- Understand the conversation of Deaf adults (this is assessed through the examination at the end) to each other (not as they would modify it for the hearing);
- Understand Deaf stories in sign language (this is assessed through the examination at the end) and appreciate how these maximise on the visual elements.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:
- There are no set MAIN or SUPPLEMENTARY readings for this course since it is a language course for which there is yet no written grammar. The students will need to refer to the dictionaries available.

References - dictionaries:
- Azzopardi-Alexander, M. (ed.) (2003). Maltese Sign Language Dictionary, Volume 1: Animals. Foundation for the Development of Maltese Sign Language with the Institute of Linguistics and the Association for the Deaf: Malta.
- Azzopardi-Alexander, M. (ed.) (2004). Maltese Sign Language Dictionary, Volume 2: Places. Foundation for the Development of Maltese Sign Language with the Institute of Linguistics and the Association for the Deaf: Malta.
- Also: The full online Maltese Sign Language Dictionary which will be launched soon after the start of the course, in April 2018.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Maltese Sign Language Level II

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Lecture & Simulation

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination: Maltese Sign Language Competences SEM2 Yes 15%
Practical Exercises YR No 15%
Presentation (20 Minutes) See note below Yes 30%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 40%
Note: Assessment due date will be notified by the Faculty/Institute/Centre/School.

 
LECTURER/S Marie Alexander (Co-ord.)
Karl Borg
Dorianne Callus

 
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