The University of Wolverhampton has helped develop a new website using British Sign Language (BSL).
Sign On-Line is a unique website which has been designed to help sign language tutors and their students. It provides a tutor support pack and covers a series of topics including teaching skills, aspects of the curriculum and BSL linguistics.
Sign On-Line was one of ten projects to secure a share of £ 1 . 5 million funding announced by the Department for Work and Pensions for BSL initiatives after the Government announced that it was to be formally recognised as a language in its own right.
Kristiaan Dekesel, who began the Sign On-line Project at the university, said: "The University of Wolverhampton and partners are at the cutting edge in terms of British Sign Language provision, and the complex and innovative nature of this successful collaborative project reflects that."
The project team recently ran a pilot version of Sign On-Line as part of the website development process and more than 40 BSL tutors, teachers and students provided feedback through an on-line questionnaire, of which 87 per cent identified themselves as being deaf.