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The idea of ENSLT – European Network of Sign Language Teachers, emerged during a conference in Prague, Czech Republic – LESICO October 18-20, 2013.

This conference was the first international conference for sign language teachers (mostly residing in Europe). The teachers saw that they had a common need and came with four points to focus upon after the meeting in the Czech Republic.

  • To promote knowledge and exchange of information and experience in professional Sign Language teaching, learning and assessment.
  • To provide advice, training and support to Sign Language Teachers/Instructors (SLT).
  • To encourage exchange of information through meetings and publications.
  • To ensure for Deaf people the protection of their profession.

It was launched in 2015, an interim administration of five people with the aim of establishing ENSLT.

  • Joni Oyserman, Netherlands, President
  • Radka Novakova , Czech Republic
  • Luigi Lerose, Italy
  • Delphine Petitjean, France
  • Stefan Goldschmidt, Germany

From 2015 to 2017 the board was increased to seven people:

  • Joni Oyserman, Netherlands, President
  • Radka Novakova , Czech Republic
  • Luigi Lerose, Italy
  • Delphine Petitjean, France
  • Delfina Aliago Emeterio, Span
  • Damian Pawel Rzezniczak, Poland
  • Michele Castiglione, Italy

From 2017 to 2020, the first board:

  • Luigi Lerose, Italy, President
  • Joni Oyserman, Netherlands, Vice President
  • Radka Novakova , Czech Republic, Treasurer
  • Jim Vold, Norway, Boardmember
  • Dawei Ni, Austrian, Boardmember
  • Michele Castiglione, Italy, Secretary

Meetings are held by Skype.

Associated with:

  • EUD (European Union of the Deaf)
  • EFSLI (European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters)
  • EU projects related to Sign Language learning, teaching and assessment ( e.g: Signteach, PRO-Sign2)

  • Had completed:
  • 1st Lesico, Prague, Czech, October 18-20, 2013 (ENSLT was born) Objective of establishing ENSLT.

    See also: SignTeach

  • Webpage – was registered April 22, 2015
  • 2nd Lesico, Paris, France, October 16-17, 2015 –

  • (No ENSLT General Assembly in Paris 2015 ??)
  • 1st Newsletter in December 2015
  • Facebook created April 24, 2016
  • 1st Symposium i Antwerp, Belgium – November 18-20, 2016
  • 1st General Assembly at Basel in October 12, 2017
  • 3nd Lesico, Basel, Suiss, October 16-17, 2017
  • Twitter created October 12, 2017
  • Created bank account account to ENSLT in Brussels, December 21, 2017
  • ENSLT was approved by the Service Public Federal Justice in Brussels on May 4, 2018 and received its own organization number.