In modern society, written language is a very important means of communication and access to culture, training, work, and equal opportunities.
A large number of studies have shown that many prelingually deaf students have poorer achievements in written language than their hearing peers. This situation affects educational and professional development, and consequently, access to employment.
Textbooks and other resources for the teaching of literacy are designed by and for hearing people. The specific needs of deaf students are rarely considered.
The DEAFLI course is creating resources to promote deaf people’s development of linguistic competencies in written language, to reduce the poor achievements of this population in relation to access to information, employability and active participation in
DEAFLI will consist of 10 lessons designed to assist deaf people to achieve A1 and A2 levels of the written language of their country. Every lesson will be accompanied by linguistic explanations and exercises in both sign language and written language. The lessons will be available on a virtual platform that will support face to face and distance study and also in DVD format.
The coordinator of the project is Universitat Barcelona (Spain), they inform also Universität Klagenfurt (Austria), Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre of University College London (Britain) and Istituto dei Sordi di Torino (Italy).