Profession sign language teacher

Sign language school teachers educate non-age-specific students in sign language. They teach sign language to both students with or without special educational needs such as deafness. They organise their classes using a variety of lesson materials, work interactively with the group, and assess and evaluate their individual progress through assignments and examinations.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Special needs education

    The teaching methods, equipment and settings used to support students with special needs in achieving succes in school or community.

  • Language teaching methods

    The techniques used to teach students a foreign language, such as audio-lingual, communicative language teaching (CLT), and immersion.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • Hearing loss

    The manifestation, causes and symptoms of hearing impairment, which is the partial or total inability to hear.

  • Assessment processes

    Various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a programme, and employees. Different assessment strategies such as initial, formative, summative and self- assessment are used for varying purposes.

  • Special needs learning equipment

    The materials used by a special needs teacher for training students with special educational needs in their classes, more specifically tools such as sensory equipment and equipment for stimulating motor skills.

  • Communication disorders

    The malfunction in a person's ability to comprehend, process and share concepts in various forms, such as verbal, non verbal or graphical during language, hearing, and speech communication processes.

  • Communication related to hearing impairment

    The phonologic, morphologic and syntactic aspects and characteristics of human communication for individuals affected by hearing impairment.

  • Hearing disability

    Impairment of the ability to discern and process sounds naturally.

  • Sign language

    Communication with hearing impaired individuals using manual communication via standardised sign language systems.  

Skills

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Manage student relationships

    Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.

  • Teach languages

    Instruct students in the theory and practice of a language. Use a wide range of teaching and learning techniques to promote proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in that language.

  • Teach sign language

    Instruct students with hearing impairments in the theory and practice of sign language, and more specifically in the understanding, use, and interpretation of these signs.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

Optional knowledge and skills

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