Liesbeth’s summary of the requirements for the National workshops
(DRAFT! NOT FINAL! ONLY a SKELETON!)
Preston meeting, 3-4 November 2016
- For Deaf sign language users, 18+ .
- Sign language skills: good enough to communicate fluently with teachers, other learners.
- Interesting / relevant for large target group.
- Motivating - from start to finish (motivating announcement, activities, closing event).
- Option: mostly about how to find+ apply for a job / about exploring possibilities of starting your own business (even if small) / or, for Deaf artists: how to create / find a market?
- Empowering: Deaf people CAN.
- Realistic: dream versus reality.
- Personal: learners set their own objective. “This is what I want to learn in this workshop.” (Maybe: by choosing from a list of options…).
- Workshop: safe environment. You cannot fail, here is where we learn, together.
- Teaching: by showing concrete relevant examples.
- Learning by doing: try it yourself. Trainees work on tasks, own activities. Eg. Write your CV, make a presentation, …
- Learner is active, responsible for own work.
- Learners can work at own level, own pace.
- Trainers support, coach the trainees.
- Trainers are role-models: Deaf sign language users.
- Many different activities, many breaks & time for relaxation.
- Activities can include: roleplay, mock interviews, video, meetings with mentors, role models.
- Feedback by other trainees. Learners learn how to reflect on their own work, they learn how to give feedback, they learn how to respond to feedback.
- A positive end-event, maybe with presentations for ‘outside’ people (friends, relatives, business people …._)
Things that might be included in the national workshops
- Mindset: confidence, ‘can do’ spirit. Learn about fear, how to overcome it. Learn that everyone makes mistakes. Failing is not the end, you CAN try again.
- “How to” skills. How to write a CV, fill in a form, prepare for a job interview, // ….
- How to present yourself: at a job interview, a fundraiser, .. learn about first impressions…. Also: learn about the expectations, prejudice, inexperience with deafness, in hearing world.
- Learn about barriers, and how to prepare for & deal with them.
- Learn about the language of employment that is expected …
- Learn about networking, how to find people to work with, people who can help you.
- Learn about information: what information do you need, how / where can you find this.
Also: what information do other people want from you (e.g. in CV, in letter, on website, when meeting bank officials, ).
- Learn about local / national support groups, support programs, …
- Learn about international / EU opportunities, networks, traineeships, etc.
- Networking; the importance, the opportunities, the ‘how to’
- Deaf Gain – how to capitalize on Deaf Gain