University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 2: British Sign Language (BSL) Acquisition & Assessment of Deaf Children

Presented on Friday 28th August 2015

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 25
Number of Respondents: 25

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

Disseminate info to staff - look at all the assessments suggested and choose what to use. Look at some of the suggested reading and discuss during staff meeting.
In assessing language skills of BSL users within the schools I work in.
I will look into trialling some of the assessments with my signing pupils, but will need to do some more reading/research first.
I will pilot some of the assessments with my pupils.
Will look into this later when there is more time to dabble Really interested in evidence that sign language is not a barrier to speech. Would love to hear that Crosshouse would accept such research. Will disseminate to other colleagues all that I have heard today.
I will use the assessments for my own knowledge and skills at the moment, until the BSL user I teach is old enough to complete the assessment (he is only 5 years old).
Discuss with colleagues and hopefully take forward in my work.
Share with colleagues. Further investigate the assessments. Try assessments with pupils.
Assessment and discussion regarding BSL pupil with language delay/impairment.
Cascade info back to workplace. (2)
To work with staff in monitoring children's BSL development.
Implement it into our establishment.
Continue to use BSL-VT with pupils throughout my school.
Enlightened on the acquisition of BSL and factors affecting this.
Discuss use of assessments with colleagues back at my own school setting. Hope to use the assessment in the future.
Not sure yet.
Will consider assessment with HI pupils, factors to consider.
Hopefully go on and use these assessments with the children I work with.
Ideas for assessing BSL skills of a pupil.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Expertise and knowledge of presenter. Having a day to look at research and evidence on BSL & discuss with others.
Learning about new research and access to online assessment.
Learning about assessments that we can use now to help us better plan for teaching.
Updates on recent research. Chance to look at assessments online.
Really interesting pre-reading link - thank you. As a teacher, sometimes you just don't have enough time to search. Being pointed in the direction is very helpful. Really interesting presentation.
Knowledge of acquisition of BSL and how children need a number of factors to develop language.
Presenter was highly knowledgeable, interesting and interested in our experiences. (3)
Hands on session.
Looking at the online assessments.
Hands on experience with assessment tool.
Evaluation of deaf children.
BSL assessment etc was put into wider context of language learning.
Presentation a.m.
Presenter's passion. Current research brought to life.
Dynamic Assessment information about vocabulary tests available. Also, meeting fellow teachers working in same area of education.
Presenter was very passionate about his presentation and this come across and makes it very interesting. Time ran out so he didn't manage to go through all slides.
Further reading given.
Learning about new resources. Meeting and sharing experiences with colleagues from other areas.
Range of information presented.
Getting to see the assessments and understand the research and theory behind them. Dynamic Assessment information.
Opportunity to share an idea with a unit (signing school) for communication exchange.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

There was a bit too much info at points, so it could have been streamlined slightly. All interesting to have to take home.
Internet access!!! The time taken to set up laptops could have been used to look at more assessments.
Perhaps a little faster at the beginning, but presenter, although he had to rush through the latter part of the first presentation, he picked out the pertinent parts and we caught up.
The variety of materials, visuals including video and practical.
More time exploring assessment material.
Concentrate on the research or assessment. Both was too much.
Start of course pace was slower, meant later things were rushed.
Lack of access for the online tutorial was unfortunate on the day, but perhaps this can be followed up at home?

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 5
Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 4
SSC eBulletin: 4
Colleague: 1
SSC Website: 3
Other (please state): 1 (ToD postgrad course tutor)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

More for educational psychologists.
Deaf teachers training day for deaf professionals to share good practice and experience.