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Raising the Profile of Sign Language Teachers in Finland

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Raising the Profile of Sign Language Teachers in Finland

JULKAISTU: 15. HUHTIKUUTA 2016 | KIRJOITTANUT: DANNY DE WEERDT, JUHANA SALONEN, AND ARTTU LIIKAMAA

Summary:

"Sign language teaching in Finland has a long history. In contrast, sign language teacher training programs and research into the sign languages of Finland both know a short history. Due to this contrast, the field of sign language teaching nowadays can be seen as the ‘Wild West’. Till today, teachers from different backgrounds do teach sign language. We do not have a clear picture of what knowledge or competencies are expected from these teachers. In this article we would like to share our opinions about what the profile of a sign language teacher could look like in order to raise and advance the discussion and improve the quality of sign language teaching in Finland."