University of Edinburgh

Literacy Workshop 2: Developing English in a Sign/Bilingual School

Presented on Wednesday 28 February 2007

Evaluation Summary

Number of Participants: 22; Number of Respondents: 20

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?

Don't know yet but I am sure I can use this.
Writing framework.
Practical advice about supporting children (deaf) in developing literacy.
Take it forward to working with families and their children.
Specific implementation with HI children. Development of own literacy programme with schools.
To assist with the literacy module at Moray House.
Cascade to EAL colleagues.
Closely consider 'Phoneme-Grapheme' ideas given.
Enhance present practice.
New ideas and people to contact to support English and literacy development.
Elements of the 'Toolkit' will be useful in teaching English.
Thinking further about developing literacy skills specifically in deaf learners as distinct from language.
To develop policy and practice for the teaching and learning of English.
Help develop English Language programme in school. Look at THRASS materials with S&LT. Look at using 'Toolkit', in-service.
Apply it to the 5 to 14 guidelines we have in our language planners.
Rap - By introducing to small groups of children then building it up to do in a mainstream class.
To enhance current practice and as part of our development plan, looking at language and literacy.
Given that I have been involved with the education of deaf children for a number of years (too many), I will use lots of what I have learned today.
Intend to do further reading on subject to enhance classroom work.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Made me think.
Practical resources - 'Toolkit'. Now available to buy.
The video. Think it would be very useful to use in schools.
Access to seeing different ideas.
THRASS material.
Presentation. Always interesting for a 'language' practitioner. Great handouts.
Information on 'Teaching Toolkit'. Especially advice on reading/writing.
Good CPD.
Live English. Sheets for developing literacy (pack). Usefulness of THRASS.  Food!
Learning about the new resource, 'Teaching Toolkit'. Will definitely buy and will be most useful.
Learning about new material/methods which can be used. Good to have 'author' talking about 'Toolkit'. Something that is of practical use within a class - not just theory.
Something that was needing to be done for a long time.
Always interesting to hear what is happening in other areas.
It is difficult to pick out one particular aspect of the course, however, the 'rap' exercise did wake us up.
Explanation of the 'Toolkit'.

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

Nothing (3)
Unfortunate that Mark Varley could not be present.
Some of the print in the handouts is very small - illegible.
Video clip of live English.
Perhaps given that there was only one presenter, we could have had a break in the afternoon.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Louise did very well presenting Mark's work.
Be great if this strategy could be adapted for Scottish schools.
Enjoyed the course.
Good experience.
Louise very pleasant and informative. She coped admirably with her 'solo' responsibility.
Unfortunate second speaker was unable to attend.
Useful course for practitioners!
Lunch break too long.
Thought Louise's presentation was excellent, especially in having to take over the morning slot. Well done.
'Teaching Toolkit' would be difficult to implement in a mainstream school, easier in a unit for the deaf or discreet school for the deaf.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 4; Yes 16; No

But would like some courses run in other places.

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 5; Likely 15; Less Likely

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

Teaching English as a foreign language. (Instruction from EAL teacher perhaps?)
Development of writing skills for HI children.
Since studying at Moray House, at present I feel that the SSC is presently providing plenty of training for me.
Signing training for EAL teachers.
More Scottish based expertise.
Anything relating to language.
Working parties for subject-specific groups of TODs.
Assessment of BSL - receptive, productive. Format to show progression. Sign graphics.
As a Nursery Nurse involved in lots of different language and listening programmes and involving music & rhythms to this, I would love to have 'Music and the Deaf' day, included in next year's agenda. I am currently working with deaf and implanted children.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components: Very useful = 1; not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes