Ewa Domagała-Zysk – pedagogue and English Philology graduate (Ph.D. habil. in Pedagogy, MA in English Philology). After her studies she worked as a pedagogue and an English teacher in a J.Ch. Andersen Therapeutic School for children with special educational needs. Since 1998 she has been working as a researcher and lecturer at the Pedagogy Department of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and at the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at KUL. She was a pioneer of teaching English as a foreign language to deaf university students in Poland, starting her work with a specialist and innovative English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing course in 1999. She is the author of more than 30 empirical papers on that issue, both in English and in Polish, a co-author (with K. Karpinska-Szaj) of Uczeń z wadą słuchu w szkole ogólnodostępnej. Podstawy metodyki nauczania języków obcych. [Hearing impaired student in mainstream school. Basics of methodology of teaching English]. She participated in more than 40 international conferences presenting papers on teaching English as a foreign language to deaf and hard of hearing students.


Marie Doležalová was appointed Deputy-Head of the Multimedia Language Resource Centre in 2007. She specialises in developing teaching and learning techniques concerning ELT to Deaf and Hard of Hearing university students and students with special needs. She also works as a Faculty of Arts advisor for students with special needs within the Information and Advisory Centre, Charles University in Prague


Zuzana Fonioková – has been teaching English as a foreign language since 2005, including courses at university level. She has taught students with hearing as well as visual impairments. Since 2011, she has been working for the Centre for Students with Special Needs at the Masaryk University as a teacher, methodologist and coordinator of English for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has co-authored a study on “Early Language Development of the Deaf and Its Relation to Foreign Language Learning,” presented in the ULD special track of the ICCHP conference in Linz in 2012 and published in the proceedings of ULD@ICCHP 2012.


Beata Gulati – lecturer at the Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Director of the Centre for Education and Rehabilitation of Disabled Students, President of the Association for the Promotion of Education for Disabled People “Hefajstos”. Author of many publications about education for the disabled at university level, a specialist in TEFL for Deaf students. She has presented a model of inclusive education in Poland and abroad at many conferences (Edinburgh, Oxford, Kenilworth at annual NADP conference). The author of a handbook for university teachers How to work with students with disabilities, and Teaching foreign languages to disabled students.


Edit H. Kontra - associate professor at the Department of English Applied Linguistics of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Her current research interest lies in individual differences, language learning in dyslexia, and the Deaf language learner. She has been involved in researching the foreign language learning situation of Deaf and hard-of-hearing Hungarians since 2006. She is co-editor of Language learners with special needs: a European perspective published by Multilingual Matters.

Anna Nabiałek – a senior lecturer of English at the Foreign Languages Centre of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She has been working with deaf and hard of hearing students since 2008. She wasthe co-founder and has been the Head of the Multimedia Foreign Languages Teaching Centre for AMU hearing impaired students since 2010.


Elana Ochse – Associate Professor of English Language and Translation, University of Turin since 2007. Besides teaching regular EFL courses at BA and MA levels, since 2000 she has been organizing and teaching experimental EFL courses for deaf students at the University of Turin. She has been involved in various local and national research projects. She was responsible, together with J.C. Kellett Bidoli, of the scientific organisation of the International Seminar “Deaf Identity and Culture in European Integration: the Role of Interpretation, Translation and Teaching” which was held at the University of Trieste, 30 – 31 October 2006. She collaborated in the organization of ESSE X, held in Turin in August 2010 where she convened a seminar entitled “Rethinking the challenge: English as a Foreign Language for Deaf Adult Learners”. She is the Turin Leader of the SignMedia EU Lifelong Learning Project. Since 2000 she has been focussing on the language education of the Deaf from an acquisitional and sociolinguistic perspective. She has presented numerous papers at international conventions on sign languages and Deaf cultures, has been visiting well-known Deaf programs abroad for study and research purposes and has developed cooperation links with foreign universities. Together with Ewa Domagała–Zysk she convened a seminar entitled “Deaf people’s mastery of English as a second or foreign language” for the XI Conference of the European Society for the Study of English held at the University of Boğaziçi, Istanbul in September 2012.


Anna Podlewska, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages at Medical University of Lublin. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Pedagogy and the Centre for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. An experienced teacher, material writer and teacher trainer she has taught different age groups at all proficiency levels. Her experience involves teaching medical and business English. Her research interests focus on the use of Cued Speech to support language skills development in English language instruction for students with hearing impairments.


Patricia Pritchard – qualified as a teacher in England in 1972. After moving to Norway she has worked in the classroom for over 20 years with the deaf and hard-of hearing.She has worked on the development of teaching methods for the teaching of English to deaf pupils, and the national curriculum for deaf pupils. Today she is an educational advisor for teachers of the hearing impaired and a text book author. Her thesis for her Master’s degree was about the level of understanding of British Sign Language of Norwegian fourth grade deaf pupils. Patricia regularly lectures to teachers and parents on different areas of Deaf Education and sign bilingualism.


Jitka Sedláčková – studied English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. In the course of her studies she became interested in English Language Teaching from both the practical and theoretical points of view. In 2008 she started teaching English to hearing impaired students at the Masaryk University. She finished a PhD research focused on reading of Deaf learners in EFL.

Autor: Aleksandra Borowicz
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 04.05.2017, godz. 07:26 - Aleksandra Borowicz