Deaf Language Awareness



European Commission, Erasmus+ (KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices / KA204 - Strategic Partnerships for adult education)


Project number




  • Polish Deaf Association Lodz Department, Lodz, Poland) (Coord.)
  • The Alpen-Adria-Universitaet, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Universita Ca’Foscari, Venice, Italy
  • CIIE/FPCEUP, Porto, Portugal


Project leader

Magdalena Dunaj, Polish Deaf Association (Poland)


Portuguese team

  • Orquídea Coelho (Coord.)
  • Alexandra Perry

  • Ana Oliveira

  • Ana Rio

  • Ana Rodrigues

  • Bruno Mendes

  • Fátima Ferreira

  • Fátima Sá Correia

  • Joana Cottim

  • Sandra Castanho

  • Sara Sousa



35 months
Start date: 1 September 2018
End date: 31 July 2021





Deaf Language Awareness project addresses language diversity and aims to promote social inclusion through education about language issues.

It seeks to enhance access, participation and learning performance of disadvantaged leaners, particularly deaf adult learners who struggle with language competences in their national languages.

Carter (2003) mentions that "Language awareness refers to the development in learners of an enhanced consciousness of and sensitivity to the forms and functions of language. The approach has been developed in contexts of both second and foreign language learning, and in mother-tongue language education, where the term 'knowledge about language' has sometimes been preferred."

According to Ku?era & Souralová (2014), there is a "disproportion between the perception of sign language as a means of communication and the understanding of its function as the cultural and language identification of its users. Language cognizance is an essential part of an individual’s identity and his/her self-perception and is related to the development of his/her personality."

Therefore, by taking up some motivation strategies to raise the linguistic knowledge among deaf adults, it is expected to get this population involved in the project and to increase/ upgrade their literacy competences and progress towards higher qualifications.

This project will be conducted in 4 European partners from Poland, Austria, Italy and Portugal, and will result in:

  • increasing the recognition of the topic of language awareness among the deaf adults
  • rising language awareness among the deaf adults
  • creating the possibility to rise language awareness thanks to 18 e-courses in 8 languages (4 written / 4 sign)