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Teachers Guide of Deaf Role Models - Teaching Sign Language to hearing adults


About this course

The development of the Greek Sign Language (ENGL) Teaching Guide aims to become a tool for training Deaf adults as professional language modelers for teaching ENGL as a first language to hearing parents of deaf children.

The Guide is intended for Deaf adults, members of the Deaf community and Greek Sign Language (ENGL) teachers who are to be trained as Deaf models to support hearing adults to teach ENGL. It aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to Deaf people to promote their professional and personal lives.


Aims of this material and how it can be used


Because by the age of 5-6 years most deaf children of hearing parents (91 - 92 % of all deaf children) do not have access to ENG, they are at risk of early language delay. Therefore, in order to facilitate the normal language development of deaf children, it is necessary to The creation of the language readiness material for ENGL aims to meet the need for early language teaching and assessment of a first vocabulary in ENGL. The language readiness material will be used both as a teaching tool for language development and as an evaluative, educational material for the teaching of early concepts. In particular, it consists of a set of 600 first concepts which are presented to infants in ENGL through organised activities, along with the use of supplementary visual material, pictures, photographs, abstract sketches, sketches of ENGL meanings, videos, etc. The rendering in ENG of the vocabulary and sign texts included in the materials was done by qualified and experienced natural signers, members of the Deaf Community, with a strong Deaf identity, who meet all the criteria for CGI.


The categories of concepts included in the language readiness materials

The categories of concepts include objects in the child's environment, animals, clothes, toys, furniture, rooms, food, drinks, actions, everyday and other activities, qualities of people, relationships, emotions, quantitative and temporal expressions. Specifically, the teaching material entitled "Learning My First Nouns" is structured in 12 sections each of which consists of 3-5 subsections. The twelve modules are grouped into three broad themes:


  1. My face
  2. My body and my senses
  3. My dress
  4. I am nourished

  6. Pets
  7. Animals of the forest and jungle
  8. Weather and time

  10. At school
  11. In the family
  12. In the neighbourhood
  13. I get around by transport
  14. My environment

Who is the course aimed at and who can use it?

This course and materials can be used by:

  1. Deaf Language Models (DLMs) who undertake the teaching of first language concepts to deaf children or train hearing parents/guardians/caregivers in the relevant vocabulary to establish a communication with their deaf child.
  2. By parents/guardians/caregivers who want to learn the first basic concepts in ENGL and then communicate them to the deaf family member

For this reason, the word "the adult" is used in the descriptions of the activities to denote the above persons. The activities as described may involve parents/guardians/caregivers with the deaf child, siblings and deaf child, small group with peers and deaf child, etc. In the description of the activities these are referred to as 'the participants/participants'.




Prior knowledge of Deafness, Deaf Role Models and Sign Language and completion of the course "Guide to Counseling & Support for Parents and Deaf Children of Deaf Role Models" is required Join us and become part of the Sign Links chain.

Course Staff

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Spyridoula Karipi PhD.c

Spyridoula Karipi is a Special Educator with language proficiency in ENG. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Macedonia with research interests in Greek Sign Language (ENGL) and its teaching to deaf students. Since 2008 she has been working at the Special Kindergarten for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Argyroupolis, where she is the head teacher. In 2015 she published 2 educational multimedia materials for a) the development of language readiness in preschool children and b) the learning of ENGL in the 1st and 2nd grade, in collaboration with the Institute of Educational Policy. Since 2017, she has been developing the educational materials for ENGL learning for the third grade. She has participated in several national and international conferences and has publications on teaching ENG to preschool and primary school children.

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Dr. Vasilis Kourbetis

Vassilis Kourbetis has been a teacher since 1979, with a Master of Education in Deaf Education in 1982 and a Doctor of Education in Applied Psycholinguistics and Deafness in 1987 from Boston University. From February 2012 to the present, he has been a Consultant A at the Ministry of Education and until September 2018 he was the Coordinator of the Special Education and Training Unit at the IEP. From 2000 to 2012 he was a Special Education Consultant at the Pedagogical Institute. He has numerous publications in Greek and foreign journals and books, 4 monographs and numerous presentations in Greek and foreign conferences. He has created Educational Tools for the education and communication of Deaf and hearing people using Greek Sign Language as Scientific Manager of research projects: and and the present educational platform His main research interest is the education and community of Deaf people and the structure, teaching and use of Greek Sign Language.