LANG10640 Irish Sign Language 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is for students who have no previous knowledge of Irish Sign Language (ISL). The aim is for students to develop a basic knowledge of signs so that they are able to participate in simple everyday communicative situations. ISL may be of particular value to students seeking a career in health or education or for those who have contact with deaf people through work, friends or family. It may also be of intrinsic interest to linguists. The opportunity to become aware of the values, beliefs, attitudes and traditions of cultures associated with ISL will be facilitated in the topics and learning materials in this module. Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the language used by the Irish deaf community in everyday communication. ISL has its own grammar rules and linguistic features which are separate and distinct from spoken English. It is a visual spatial language and does not rely on sound. ISL has been in existence for centuries and has developed and changed through time and with the development of new technologies.
This module will be delivered via small group teaching with classes having a maximum of 18 students.
Note: This module does not lead to a formal vocational qualification. Students who successfully complete this course may register with the Irish Deaf Society to take further courses.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
• be able to understand short, simple messages in ISL in routine situations
• be able to use a series of phrases in ISL related to information about oneself, family, occupation, shopping, etc.
• demonstrate an ability to manage short social conversations
• be aware of current issues related to the deaf community

Students who achieve at least a B grade at the end of this module are deemed to have reached Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Small group interactive class 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

Any prior knowledge of the language

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Productive Language Skills Week 12 n/a Graded No


Examination: Mid-Term Examination Week 6 No Graded No


Examination: Written Comprehension: receptive language skills Week 11 No Graded No


Attendance: Attendance & Participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Oral Examination: Interactive Skills: Conversation Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is provided individually to students on the midterm exam in Week 7-8. Students can seek feedback on end of semester components, post-assessment.

Name Role
Ms Valerie Mahon Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 16:00 - 17:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 13:00 - 14:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 11:50
Small Group Offering 4 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 13:00 - 14:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 14:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 16:00 - 17:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 10:00 - 11:50