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8th February 2018 – collaborative project with the Polish Ministry of Education to be announced

We are proud to note that the UW Section for Sign Linguistics continues to develop its collaborative ties with the Polish Ministry of National Education. In the near future we look forward to being able to present a major project to the wider public, on which we have been working hard for the past few months. We hope that you will find it to your liking and that it will help some of you in your day-to-day work.

22nd January 2018 – gathering of the "Language and Rights" group

In Brussels in recent days, Dr. Paweł Rutkowski (head of the Section for Sign Linguistics) participated in a session of the “Language and Rights” workgroup set up by the European Language Council (Conseil Européen pour les Langues). Issues related to sign languages often came up in the discussion about the further activities of the group (including putting together a report with recommendations). We are pleased to announce that the next session of the “Language and Rights” group will take place in Warsaw in September 2018. It will be accompanied by a conference addressing the issue of language rights.

21st December 2017 – Season’s Greetings!

We at the Section for Sign Linguistics would like to extend our most heartfelt wishes in connection with the upcoming Christmas holidays.

18th December 2017 – radio interview on TOK FM

Dr. Paweł Rutkowski, head of the Section for Sign Linguistics, was interviewed on sign languages by the journalist Karolina Głowacka on the Polish radio channel TOK FM. The show can be listened to (in Polish) or read (in Polish transcription) here.

14th December 2017 – stipend for Marek Śmietana

This year our colleague, Marek Śmietana, was among the winners of a prestigious stipend from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding research achievements. We extend our greatest congratulations on his success and are keeping our fingers crossed for the further development of his research career!

16th November 2017 – multimedia course in PJM for grades I-III

At the behest of the Polish Ministry of National Education, the Section for Sign Linguistics is carrying out a project to develop a multimedia course in Polish Sign Language (PJM) for students in grades I-III. The course will consist of four parts, covering two levels of fluency (A1 and A2). The materials are being developed by an expert team consisting of Joanna Filipczak, Monika Grabowska-Dobrowolska and Małgorzata Lilmanówka. Work is now underway on recording texts in PJM, being signed by Monika Krawczyk, Artur Werbel and Joanna Łacheta. We are very pleased that we are able to create more and more materials for Deaf grade-school students! Have a look at a few images showing recent recording sessions.

11th November 2017 – TechLING’17 conference

A paper entitled "Corpus data as a basis for translating textbooks for deaf pupils into Polish Sign Language" by Paweł Rutkowski and Piotr Mostowski was presented at the "2nd International Conference on Languages, Linguistics and Technology: New Trends in Language Teaching, Interpreting and Translation – TechLING’17" organized by the University of Bologna (the oldest university in Europe) at its Forlì campus on 10 November 2017.

31st October 2017 – journal article in "Trendy"

The latest issue of the online education journal "Trendy" carries an article (in Polish) on “Polish Sign Language as a Tool Against Exclusion” by Paweł Rutkowski and Piotr Mostowski. Have a look!

30th October 2017 – PASE conference

On 21 October 2017, Paweł Rutkowski was a guest at the conference on “Teaching Foreign Languages to Children with Special Educational Needs", at which he delivered a paper entitled “Language Education for Signing Children”. The conference was organized by the Polish Association for the Study of Foreign Languages (PASE).

29th October 2017 – school textbook adaptations for the Polish Ministry of Education

The Polish Ministry of National Education recently announced that two school textbook adaptations, developed for students with special educational needs by the Section for Sign Linguistics, have been approved for use. Please help us spread the word to students and teachers who may benefit from the adaptations!

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