2023-2024 / LANG0936-1

Sign language in French-speaking Belgium - depth notions


10h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in speech and language therapy (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Thierry Haesenne, ISLV

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


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 in relation with the targeted language level. Communication topics : itineraries, stories, weather, work schedule, going to the restaurant or on holiday, asking for information, body/clothes/spatial descriptions, etc. Grammar : multidirectional verbs (simple, semi-directional, backwards), comparative, superlative, comparisons, time lines, conditional, demonstrative pronouns, personal transfers, double transfers, part of the structure of a complex sentence.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Understanding To understand isolated phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work).
Interacting To communicate during easy or habitual tasks requiring a basic and direct information exchange on familiar subjects. Using simple words, can describe his or her surroundings and communicate immediate needs. 
To be able to tell a story in LSFB based on a cartoon or a speechless video

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

written French
LANG0924 or similar (at least 30 hours of sign language in a school of higher education or university in French-speaking Belgium)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Short theoretical explanations
Practice in class and at home.

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

A few classes will be given via podcasts. 

Recommended or required readings

PDF files and videos sent to students after classes.

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 (50%)

Oral exam : video assessment (50%). 

Bonus scores may be given to students who are regular in class. No bonus shall be given to students who miss classes three times or more during the semester. 


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Students are encouraged to practice outside the classroom.


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