What you'll learn

We’re delighted to welcome Kate Rowley from DCAL (Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre) at UCL (University College London). Kate shares aspects of her research in linguistics and sign language and more specifically: This webinar will describe how deaf children learn sign language, with a detailed description of the important milestones in sign language acquisition.

Parallels with spoken language acquisition will also be discussed along with similarities and differences in the two modalities (sign and spoken language).

This course will also explain the impact of late access to language on deaf children, again with parallels to cases of delayed language in hearing children.=

Structured CPD Points: 2


Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe how deaf children learn sign language

2. Describe the important milestones in language acquisition

3. Discuss parallels with spoken language acquisition along with differences in the two modalities

4. Explain the impact of late access to language on deaf children with parallels to cases of delayed language in hearing children.

During the webinar Kate will be discussing the following 2 videos:


NB This presentation will be delivered in British Sign Language and interpreted into English.


  • This qualifies for 2 structured points

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What users are saying about this training

"It was great, it has made me think about my own language acquisition as a hearing native BSL user....off to do some research to see if there is anything out there" - Lisa, Interpreter

"Really fascinating topic, especially interesting about Executive Function and language development. I think this presentation/research would enrich any interpreter training programme. It's amazing how little we know when we are sent off into the big wide world! Hurruh for CPD! " - Nancy, Interpreter

"Very informative and all questions were answered" - Gemma, Interpreter

"Training about Deaf language acquisition from a Deaf person. I am hearing but I watched with the sound off. It was beautiful."

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