2023-2024 / LANG0924-1

Introduction to sign language in French-speaking Belgium


10h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Master in speech and language therapy (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Thierry Haesenne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Communication topics are given only as examples. They will be approached only superficially, in relation with the targeted language level.
Communication topics : personal data, family, work, time, the weather, food, personal relationships and contacts with other people, means of transportation, etc.
Grammar : different categories of transfers (according to C. Cuxac's theory (2000)), affirmation, negation, open questions, closed questions, sign order in a simple sentence, introduction to timelines, fingerspelling.  

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Understanding To understand familiar and daily expressions as well as very basic sentences regarding oneself, one's family, one's immediate needs, one's immediate and concrete environment.
Interacting, To introduce oneself or introduce someone else, ask and answer simple questions about familiar topics (about one's house, one's relationships or possessions) or about immediate needs.
Producing To use expressions and basic sentences to introduce oneself or other people, talk about home, talk about what one's doing.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

written French

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Short theoretical explanations (face to face or e-learning)
Practice in class and at home.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Face-to-face and e-learning.

Recommended or required readings

PDF files and videos sent to students after classes.

To study the vocabulary : www.lsfb.be

Non compulsory reading materials : 

Linguistics (rather technical books, only for those who are interested):

  • Christian Cuxac (2000), La langue des signes française (LSF). Les voies de l'iconicité, Paris : Ophrys
  • Laurence Meurant (2006), Le regard en langue des signes. Anaphore en langue des signes française de Belgique (LSFB) : morphologie, syntaxe, énonciation, Namur : Presses Universitaires de Namur
Sign language and Deaf culture :

  • Yves Delaporte (2002), Les sourds, c'est comme ça, Paris : Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
  • Paddy Ladd (2003), Understanding Deaf Culture. In search of Deafhood, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters LTD

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Written exam : the teacher will sign numbers, words and sentences and you will have to translate them in French (50%)

Video assessment to submit before the day of the written exam at the latest. (50%) 

Note : if you sumbit your assessment in French Sign Language instead of French Belgian Sign Language = 0/20

If you don't submit your assessment on time : the final grade will be 0/20 and you will have to present the written exam again in August and resubmit your video assessment. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Students are encouraged to practice outside the classroom.


Contact the teacher by email.

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Websites to study

Avoid other websites because they are not reliable or are not in the same sign language