The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education

Assessing sign language comprehension skills

At City University London we are currently developing a novel method of assessing the sign language comprehension skills of deaf children (aged 3-11). As part of our research we are interested in finding out about the current position regarding sign language assessment in schools where signing is used. Since BATOD is the association of the Teachers of the Deaf I would be extremely grateful if you were able to forward this email to your members to answer the following questions since this would be the best way of getting the right information for our further research from the most relevant and competent teachers. If you would like any further information about the project or have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.  

Milos Milojevic PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

City University London K105 Myddelton Building 167 Goswell Road London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

  General Information

What is your role (e.g. Speech and language therapist, teacher/teaching assistant, instructor, other)  

What age group of children attend your school?

  Roughly how many children are aged between 3-11 at your school?

  Sign Language Assessment

  1. Are aspects of children's signing routinely assessed in your school?
     If yes,
    1. which aspects are assessed (i.e. receptive skills, production skills)?  
    2. How is the assessment carried out? i.e. using own test/task (please describe) general observation?
      • Using a published test (which one?)  
      • Other procedures (please describe)
    3. Who is responsible for assessing children's signing skills in your school?  
    4. How often do you carry out the assessments?
  2. Do you feel there are any problems in trying to assess children's signing skills? If so, please describe  
  3. Do you feel it would be useful to have more available tests of children's signing skills? If so, what features would these tests have?  
  4. Are you aware of any published sign language assessment tests? If so, please provide details  
  5. If you were to consider using a standardised assessment test for sign language skills, what issues would influence your decision to use a particular test the most? (please consider the following)
    • Level of difficulty to administer  
    • Length of test  
    • Level of difficulty to score test  
    • Level of difficulty to analyse test  
    • Amount of training needed  
    • Cost  
    • Other
  6. Could you envisage a web or computer-based assessment of sign language skills being used routinely in your school?

      Please provide your opinions about any benefits or problems associated with such a method.  

  7. Are there any additional issues regarding sign language assessment that are important to you?  
  8. Any other comments


This questionnaire can be downloaded as apdf from here.
Download City University London Sign Language Comprehension Assessment questionnaire