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Introduction to Catalan Sign Language: Speaking with Your Hands and Hearing with Your Eyes

Learn about Catalan Sign Language in daily life, its grammar, and importance to the deaf community with this free online course.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Introduction to Catalan Sign Language: Speaking with Your Hands and Hearing with Your Eyes

Why join the course?

Do you have an interest in learning a sign language? Do you want to know how to make your community more inclusive? Are you interested in linguistic studies? In this free online course, you will learn the basics of Catalan Sign Language (LSC), the sign language used by the deaf community in Catalonia, and a valuable research area for sign language linguists.

Learn basic Catalan Sign Language

During the course, you will practice a lot of “finger gymnastics”. By the end of the course, you will understand common signs and expressions, signed slowly and clearly, that relate to yourself, family life and work, and the immediate environment.

You will also be able to express yourself in simple terms, ask simple questions about everyday topics, and use expressions and simple phrases to describe well-known places. Finally, you will be able to sign short texts such as a story.

Explore Catalan Sign Language as a natural language of the deaf community

You will learn about the wider significance of Catalan Sign Language and about the importance of the deaf community having their own language.

Although Catalan Sign Language is recognised officially in Catalonia, often the deaf community can seem isolated. By learning about sign language, and the reality of the deaf community, both the hearing and the deaf can put an end to social exclusion.

Catalan Sign Language as an object of linguistic study

With interest consistently increasing in linguistics and sign language being a compelling area of study, Catalan Sign Language is a valuable research area for the world’s (sign language) linguists.

During the course you will examine a variety of Catalan Sign Language characteristics, including basic components of grammar such hand configuration, place of articulation, and movement; morphology, such as concordance and expression of plural; and finally basic syntax, such as word order.

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Skip to 2 minutes and 28 seconds(Santi) I'm Santi. (Delfina) I'm Delfina. (Delfina) We're both teachers of Catalan Sign Language. (Santi) Do you want to learn the basics of Catalan Sign Language? Come in, this is the online course for you. (Delfina) Previous knowledge of Catalan Sign Language isn't required. (Santi) You'll learn vocabulary, we'll do different activities, we'll see videos, etc. (Delfina) In just six weeks you'll be able to produce basic sentences and understand signed conversations... (Santi) Conversations just like those with the girls in the subway and the lift. (Delfina) Join us in this free online course! (Santi and Delfina) We're waiting for you! (Santi) That's it! Come to the online course. We're waiting for you!

What topics will you cover?

  • Say Hello! Communication barriers
  • Finger gymnastics and facial expression. Natural languages
  • Finger spelling. Name sign
  • Numbers and food. Deaf community and interpretation in LSC
  • Daily activities. Arbitrariness and iconicity. Legal status
  • Jobs and family. Basic components
  • Basic syntax. Interrogative clauses
  • Plural. Agreement
  • Sign space
  • Colours. Tell a story

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore Catalan Sign Language as a natural language of the Catalonia deaf community
  • Identify Catalan Sign Language characteristics, including basic components of grammar, morphology and basic syntax
  • Produce simple sentences in Catalan Sign Language in simple terms, ask simple questions about everyday topics, and use expressions and simple phrases to describe well-known places
  • Record common signs and expressions, signed slowly and clearly, that relate to yourself, family life and work, and the immediate environment

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone, both hearing and deaf, interested in sign languages and in particular in Catalan Sign Language (LSC). Previous study of LSC isn’t required. It will be taught in Catalan Sign Language with transcription in English, Catalan and Spanish.

Who will you learn with?

Josep Quer

I’m an ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and also the head of the LSC Lab (Catalan Sign Language Lab), devoted to the description and formal analysis of grammars of sign languages.

Alexandra Navarrete

I'm a teaching assistant at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I'm also an interpreter of Catalan Sign Language.

Cristina Gelpí

I teach forensic linguistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I do research in legal terminology for Catalan Sign Language.

Delfina Aliaga

I'm a teacher and a researcher in Catalan Sign Language at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I'm a native signer of Catalan Sign Language.

Gemma Barberà

I teach Catalan Sign Language (LSC) grammar and interpreting at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. My research is focused on the semantics and pragmatics of LSC.

Santiago Frigola

I'm a teacher and a researcher in Catalan Sign Language at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I'm a native signer of Catalan Sign Language.

Sara Cañas

I'm a teaching assistant at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I’m also working on my PhD about Catalan Sign Language interrogatives.

Who developed the course?

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a public, international and research-intensive university in Barcelona. In just 25 years, it has earned a place for itself among the best universities in Europe.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript $59.00

Statement of Participation $39.00

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