UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)



Applies to British Sign Language Level 1, British Sign Language Level 2.

The Project (2000 words), worth 20%, also forms the basis of the Signed Examination.

Examples will be discussed in class.  You will complete various tasks related to this throughout the year.

Your CLIE BSL tutor will assist you with Project planning in class; this will help you focus and make sure you are on the right track.

There are four stages to writing your Project:

1. Topic and title: Discuss and agree the topic and title or question you intend to write your Project on with your CLIE BSL tutor by Friday 13 December 2019.

2. Proposal: Present a statement of the subject of your Project and the reasons you have chosen this topic (plus indicate the sources you intend to use) in class in the first week of Term 2.  Following discussion and feedback, you should submit this in writing by email to your CLIE BSL tutor no later than Friday 24 January 2020

You must use the CLIE Language Modules Project Proposal Form to submit your proposal. 

If you need to amend your Proposal after submission you should amend your existing Proposal Form and resubmit it.

3. Draft: Submit a draft of your Project.  This will allow your CLIE BSL tutor or BSL Coordinator to give feedback on structure and content, and also alert you to any main grammatical issues. 

Your draft should be submitted to your CLIE BSL tutor IN YOUR CLASS in the week BEFORE Reading Week 2 (i.e. 10-14 February 2020). 

Your draft will be returned to you, with feedback, IN YOUR CLASS in the week AFTER Reading Week 2 (i.e. 24-28 February 2020). 

You must use the CLIE Language Modules Project Draft Form to submit your draft.

4. Completion and submission: Submit an electronic version of your Project to Turnitin® PLUS a printed version to the CLIE Language Modules Office by Monday 23 March 2020 at 14:00. 

Your submission to the office must contain your finished Project, your three main sources, plus your Project Proposal Form and Project Draft that you received back from your CLIE BSL tutor.

The proposal and draft of your Project are an integral/essential part in the development of your Project, and are required in order to gain full points.  

You will receive feedback on your Project after Easter in the first week of Term 3.

Layout and format of your Project

Typed with double-spacing between lines.

Folders can be used but single pages should NOT be put in individual pockets/sleeves.

Your completed Proposal Form and Draft Form must be attached to the back of your Project.

You are responsible for keeping a copy of your Project for your own reference as once submitted Projects will not be returned.

Submission of your Project

Projects will only be accepted with the CLIE Project cover sheet, which must be completed with your Project's word count and be signed.  Your personal cover sheet will be emailed to you in early March 2020.

Submission deadline: Monday 23 March 2020 by 14:00

a. Electronic version

An electronic version of your Project (excluding sources, Proposal and Draft) must be submitted to Turnitin® via your CLIE module on Moodle by the deadline.

b. Physical version

A printed version of your Project must also be submitted to the CLIE Language Modules Office. It must contain your Project itself, your three main sources, plus your Project Proposal Form and Project Draft Form that you received back from your CLIE BSL tutor. 

Where to hand in: 

  • UCL CLIE room 111

Submission dates and times: 

  • Wednesday 18 March - Friday 20 March 2020 10:00-17:00
  • Monday 23 March 2020 10:00-14:00


Your Project must be your own work and you must read and follow UCL Plagiarism Guidelines

All plagiarism will be penalised.  Any cases of suspected plagiarism will be challenged - those students will have to complete a task under supervised conditions and/or points will be deducted and could result in zero points for this piece of coursework and the matter referred to the Registrar.  A variety of methods are used to detect plagiarism, including the use of the Turnitin® detection system.

You must NOT duplicate topics you have used for any other courses.  You may refer to some of the research you have undertaken previously so long as the majority of the sources and bibliography for your Project are up-to-date and there is justification for referencing this older material.

You must NOT get help from friends, use translation services or copy sources verbatim.  You may discuss your Project with a native speaker but you CANNOT show them any of your written work.

Using a computer spellchecker is acceptable as the correct option still needs to be selected.  However using a computer to translate from another language into English is NOT acceptable:

  • For your sources - if the source was originally in another language then you will get zero points for it;
  • For your Writing element - which constitutes plagiarism.

Project description

Level 1: Your Project should be related to aspects of British Sign Language.

Level 2: Your Project should be on an international issue or be concerned with sign languages in general (not just British Sign Language). For example: a comparison between two sign languages based on the literature, a discussion on sign language poetry and performance, a project on an international organisation of deaf people, or sign language policy (particularly education) or legislation in different countries. 

We recommend that you phrase the subtitle of your Project as a question in order to stimulate argumentation and help keep the Project focused.  

Amount to be written: 2000 WORDS

Your Project MUST include:

  • A bibliography of ALL relevant sources you have read and used (including FULL internet addresses);
  • The THREE (3) main sources used (originals or copies).  The relevant sections of these documents MUST be marked (either by highlighting or underlining).

Your word count should include the main text and any tables, diagrams and illustrations together with their captions, plus footnotes and endnotes, but not the table of contents, bibliography or appendices.


  • Short quotes SHOULD be included in your word count.
  • Extended quotations (of more than two lines) should be indented in the text and should NOT be included in the word count.

There should not be excessive quoting.

Marking criteria (specific)

For general information see the Marking criteria (general).

  • Sources - 15 points;
  • Content and argument - 30 points;
  • Textual structure - 15 points;
  • Academic conventions - 15 points;
  • Cohesion and academic style - 25 points.

Additional information 

Your CLIE BSL tutor will assist you with Project planning in class; this will help you focus and make sure you are on the right track.