Advance Organisers

Input or task that is given to students before they undertake an activity where they have to process incoming information. Advance Organisers help them structure or make sense of the information they are about to learn.

There are four types of advance organisers:

  • Expository – gives a broad overview of the upcoming information
  • Narrative – presents new information in story format
  • Skimming – skimming through information before working on it more thoroughly
  • Graphic Organisers – pictographs, descriptive or conceptual patterns, concept maps

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)

Technology that allows human beings to use their voices to speak with a computer interface in a way that resembles normal human conversation.

BSL – British Sign Language

British Sign Language is the first or preferred language of around 70,000 people in the UK. A visual language produced by using positions and movements of the hands, body and face.

The NRCPD is the national voluntary regulator of over 1,600 language service professionals including British Sign Language/English Interpreters and Translators, Lipspeakers, Notetakers, Speech to Text Reporters and Interpreters for Deafblind People.

Booking qualified Sign Language Interpreters

A guide to Working with Sign Language Interpreters


A text version of the spoken part of a television, movie, or computer presentation. They are in the language of the medium rather than a translation to another language.

A guide to creating captions

Deaf / Hard of Hearing

The deaf and hard of hearing community is diverse.  How a person becomes deaf or hard of hearing, the degree to which they can hear or the relative age of onset, all play a part.

‘Deaf’ usually refers to a hearing loss so severe that there is very little or no functional hearing.

‘Hard of hearing’ denotes a person with a hearing loss (e.g. a mild-to-severe loss) where there may be enough residual hearing that an auditory device, such as a hearing aid provides adequate assistance.


These are used to pre-structure the session. They list the headings, and at their simplest then leave enough space for the kinds of notes the students are expected to make.

Green Screen

Shooting with a green screen involves filming a person (e.g. a sign language interpreter), or adding visual effects, in front of a solid color. Then, by digitally removing or ‘keying out’ that color, enabling the film to be used against a choice of backgrounds.

A guide to green screen usage

Neurodiverse / Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is broadly defined as an approach to learning and disability that suggests diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome.


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Subtitles are translations for people who don’t speak the language of the medium. These accompany foreign films for example (they are commonly white or yellow letters with a black rim or drop shadow).