Frances Elton

Frances Elton

I am the Co-ordinator of Sign Language and Deaf Studies at UCL.  I develop short courses for Deaf professionals, including the Linguistics of British Sign Language (BSL), Sociolinguistics in BSL, and Advanced Teaching of Sign Language and Professional Development in BSL. I am an associate member of the Deafness, Cognition and Language centre (DCAL).

I was a member of the editorial team that developed the first dictionary of BSL/English and I act as a consultant throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA for my knowledge and experience in sign linguistics and the teaching and learning of Sign Language. Previously, I developed and ran courses for Deaf professionals at City University, including Linguistics of British Sign Language, Advanced teaching of Sign Language, and Sociolinguistics in BSL.

I was also instrumental in expanding the University of Durham’s Sign Language Studies curriculum, the first of its kind in Europe and a major influence on the development of Sign Language teaching programmes.
In 2000 the Council for Advancement in Communication with Deaf People presented me with the Joseph Maitland Robinson Award in recognition of my contribution to the development of Sign Language training.

I completed my MA in Applied Linguistics in 2010 and my main interst is in etymology in BSL, its regional use and changes.

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