[ipsl] PhD Funding

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From: "Ulrike Zeshan" <uzeshan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Reference No RS/08/54

ARNOUX PART-TIME PHD BURSARY: Literacy acquisition through sign
language in a distance learning environment

Applications are invited for a part-time MPhil/PhD tuition fee bursary
in the International Centre for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies
(iSLanDS). The iSLanDS Centre is a unique hub for the study of sign
languages and deaf communities around the world, with the majority of
our work focusing on developing countries. Virtually all our staff and
students are Deaf sign language users, and they come from countries
such as Turkey, India, Lebanon, Israel, and Uganda.
The bursary is tenable for up to 6 years (subject to satisfactory
progress) with an expected commencement date of 1 October 2009.  The
bursary will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates plus
project consumables. International applicants may apply but will be
required to pay the difference between UK/EU and International fees.

We welcome applications to undertake the following project:

Literacy acquisition through sign language in a distance learning environment

This project studies the literacy acquisition of deaf sign language
users, using a bilingual approach where English literacy is taught
through sign language. Several field sites with developing learner
communities are available to this project in South Asia and Africa. We
will conduct a large-scale study with a multiply diverse student
population, where we investigate the progress of learners accessing
distance and online learning materials, peer tutoring and specialised
training at the various field sites.

Research questions for this project are:
-          What are the characteristics of the learner varieties of
English in the target group?
-          What is the kind and extent of linguistic interference from
sign language structures on written English output in these learners?
-          What is the best balance between online/distance learning
and face-to-face interaction in situations with severe shortages of
trained teachers?
-          What are the technological limits in developing countries
for online and distance learning involving video-based materials?
-          What relevant variables determine learning experiences and
outcomes in these learning situations?


Applicants should have the following profile:
-          Interest in the research topic, strong communication skills
including sign language skills, and the ability to work independently
and to meet deadlines.
-          EITHER: An upper second class or first class honours degree
or an MA in a relevant discipline, or equivalent portfolio of evidence
-          OR: For candidates without these qualifications, academic
ability to complete a research preparatory coursebetween October and
December 2009, which must be passed successfully in order to progress
to the MPhil/PhD programme in January 2010. Applicants will be
individually assessed.

For a complete list of essential and desirable criteria, see details
on this web page (scroll down to project number RS0854):

For further information about the iSLanDS Centre, please see

Informal enquiries about the project may be directed to Prof. Ulrike
Zeshan tel:+44..., fax +44 (0)1772 894933, SMS +44..., or email
uzeshan@xxxxxxxxxxx ).

Requests for an application pack (quoting the project reference number
RS/08/54) should be directed to the Graduate Research Office. Tel +44
(0)1772 894287 or e-mail researchdegrees@xxxxxxxxxxx

Closing date: Monday 6 July 2009

Prof. Ulrike Zeshan
Director, International Centre for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Livesey House, LH212
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR12HE, UK
Ph. +44-1772-893104
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