Other shortlisted practices 2014

A sign writing to relieve hard learning of spoken language

An online tool for deaf people, which makes it possible to learn the German language with the help of a sign writing. This sign writing has a close connection to the sign language.

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Schriftspracherwerb für Gehörlose mit Web2.0-Techniken
Organisation:C1 WPS GmbH
of origin
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with hearing impairments
Approach/ model/ solution:Translation of the sign language into a sign writing to make it easier to learn the German language.


This project started in 2010.

More than already 100 deaf people took part in such courses of the German language and it was able to be experienced that there are bigger learning successes than with conventional methods.


There are fundamental differences between the sign language and the spoken language, which make it very difficult for deaf people to learn the written language. There is a need of a contrastive comparison and so there should be a written version of the sign language.


A Computer program, which puts words from the sign language into a written sign language, was developed.

Additional to the better learning successes the program makes it possible for hearing impaired people to discuss online about knew words in the sign language and so it is the first way that the development of the sign language is promoted and registered.


By now ten language areas like for example French, English and Polish are part of this platform. The integration of more languages like for example Russian is already planned.


Dr. Guido Gryczan
Vogt-Kölln-Str. 30
22527 Hamburg | Germany
Tel: +49- (040) 51 32 26 82
Fax.:+49- (040) 51 32 26 83

nominated by: Martin Weber, Behörde für Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg (FHH)