Mar 2016 – Present Substitute Teacher Lancaster School District, CA
Sep 2011 – Present Self Employed Teacher (BSL) + Consultancy (Online and in the UK)
Jan 2000 – Jul 2011
University of Wolverhampton Lecturer in BSL/English Interpreting, Deaf Studies (2000 – 2005). Senior Lecturer BSL/English Interpreting, Deaf Studies (2005 – 2011)
Range of modules taught: BSL modules from Beginners to NVQ 4, Basic & Advanced Bilingual/Bicultural skills for BSL interpreters, Consecutive Interpreting, Sociolinguistics of BSL, Research Methodology, Undergraduate Project Supervision
Other Roles and responsibilities include: E-tutor for the department (2007-2009)
Sign Language Coordinator (foundation) (2001 – 2003)
Admissions tutor (2002 – 2005)
Technology User Group committee (2007 – present day)
1998 – 2000 Freelance British Sign Language Interpreter Various Interpreting domains including; Colleges, Universities, Theatre, Cinema and Community (Doctors appointments, Meetings etc)
I focus on teaching BSL grammar using different types of activities.
I do use the written form as well as other methods to help students develop their BSL grammar.
Using this method, I have successfully had excellent pass rates for Signature (including full marks on Grammar within the criteria)
I love interactive and fun activities in the classroom that are cognitively suitable for adults!
Learning and Teaching Innovation of the Year 2003/4, University of Wolverhampton, UK
E-Tutor of the year 2006 University of Wolverhampton, UK
European Award for Languages 2005 CILT An interactive BSL CDROM titled ‘Essential British Sign Language for Health and Social Care Professionals’. Role: scripting, filming, editing & designing the layout for the CD-ROM
Masters (with Distinction) in Language Teaching & Material Development 2011
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Post Graduate Teaching Certificate of H.E 2004 University of Wolverhampton, UK
BSL NVQ Level 4 2002 SLI, Newark, UK
BA (Hons) BSL/English Interpreting (2:1) 1998 University of Wolverhampton, UK
LLAS (Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies) “BSL Language Awareness Task”
Role: Bid writer, Project writer and manager. https://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/mb/6232
Pathfinders & University of Wolverhampton “BSL curriculum and materials designing for 14-17 year olds” [1 year project] Role: Key material developer creating a year long course for BSL within secondary school. Includes managing, designing & creating successfully materials. Responsibility to liaise & design the work created by the Illustrator & the E-developer.
Pathfinders & University of Wolverhampton “BSL-TSN (British Sign Language Teachers Support Network)”. Role: Designing, delivering free workshops for local and national deaf BSL teachers. Creating learning materials (handouts and videos).
Conferences (presented at)
Second Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics (July 2011) Fenton-Ree, R & Davidson, L. “Devising and Evaluating a BSL Progression Framework (BSL-PF) for evaluating deaf pupils’ Sign Language Skills.
First Symposium Applied Sign Linguistics (Sept 2009) 1) ‘Creating and Evaluating BSL teaching materials’ and 2) ‘Applying Multiple Intelligence theory methodology to teaching BSL to undergraduate Interpreters within HE’
DIVERSE (July 2008, The Netherlands) Lawton, M & Fenton, R. “Record, reflect, connect: Using web cams with an ePortfolio system”
Lawton M., Dale C., Robinson P. & Fenton, R. (2009) Personal Development Planning and ePortfolio Systems: benefits, issues and challenges in Strivens J (ed) Personal Development Planning. Foundation Degree Forward, Walsall.
Fenton-Ree, R(2010) ‘Applying Multiple Intelligence theory methodology to teaching BSL to undergraduate Interpreters within HE’, pp68-80. In Mertzani, M (ed) Sign Language Teaching and Learning, Centre for Deaf Studies, Bristol.
Fenton-Ree, R (2010) ‘Materials Evaluation for British Sign Language Teaching’, pp11-21. In Mertzani, M (ed) Sign Language Teaching and Learning, Centre for Deaf Studies, Bristol.