Education for Deaf Children and Young People


As part of the lecture series "Aachen evening talks on the inclusive school", RWTH invites you to the lecture "Deaf Education: Challenges and Paths" on June 18, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The evening discussion is organized by the Teaching and Research Area Diversity of the Institute of Educational Science, represented by University Professor Nina Kolleck. 


The Deaf Didaktik – Deaf Education working group at the Competence Center for Sign Language and Gesture SignGes at RWTH explores to what extent the modality of a language not only has an influence on knowledge organization, but also whether it should play a role in imparting knowledge. Research results show that using sign language has a different influence on cognitive processing and semantic knowledge organization.

Therefore, when teaching deaf pupils, it is important to take into account that this knowledge is organized differently and requires a different learning culture. Simply translating from spoken language into sign language is not enough.

This lecture describes the significance of sign language and its use in relation to the Deaf Education approach, which will also be presented here. Finally, existing challenges and ways to enable inclusive schooling for pupils with hearing impairments will be discussed.


  • Dr. Klaudia Grote has a degree in psychology and has been managing director of the Competence Center for Sign Language and Gesture SignGes at RWTH since 2013.
  • Horst Sieprath is a trained sign language teacher and lecturer. He was lecturer for German sign language at RWTH until 2018 and has been working at the Competence Centre for Sign Language and Gesture at RWTH since 2019.
  • Bastian Staudt teaches pupils who communicate and learn in sign language and spoken language at the LVR David Hirsch Schule. He has been a research assistant at the SignGes Competence Centre for Sign Language and Gestures since 2018.

The event will take place at HKW 2, HKW lecture hall complex, Wüllnerstraße 1 in Aachen. Admission is free.

Source: Press and Communications