Deaf Culture and Sign Language Programme

Welcome to the wonderful world of sign language where you will use your hands, body and facial expressions to communicate. People use spoken and written languages to relay ideas, feelings, sentiments, share history and culture. Deaf people use sign language to express similarly.

 

Deaf Culture and Sign Language

Deaf culture is the set of social beliefs, behaviours, art, literary traditions, history, values, and shared institutions of communities that are influenced by deafness and which use sign language as the main means of communication.

 

Sign language is a general term which refers to a group of languages that are manually produced and visually understood. Sign language is natural to deaf persons who do not orientate their lives to the world of sound. It is not universal though – each nation, state or community with deaf persons will develop its unique sign language.

 

Singapore Sign Language (SgSL)

 

 

 

 

  • A language of the Deaf community in Singapore.
  • Visual mode of communication
  • Has own grammar and linguistic structure which is different from those of spoken/written language
  • Does not relate grammatically to any spoken language

Shanghainese Sign Language (SSL)

 

 

 

  • Old version of current Chinese Sign Language (CSL) used in 1950s before it evolved to CSL used by Deaf community in China
  • Visual mode of communication
  • Does not relate grammatically to any spoken language

American Sign Language (ASL)

 

 

 

 

  • A language of Deaf community in the United States and most of Canada.
  • Visual mode of communication
  • Has own grammar and linguistic structure which is different from those of spoken/written language
  • Does not relate grammatically to any spoken language

Signing Exact English (SEE)

 

 

 

 

  • Not a language.
  • Manually coded English system in hand signs.
  • Expanded with prepositions, pronouns, affixes, tenses and finger-spelled words to visually represent the English language
  • Similar to Morse code, Braille in English

Pidgin Sign English (PSE)

 

 

  • Not a language
  • MIxture of sign language and English in English order.
  • Used by most people who can understand English and do not use SEE


 

Courses and Programmes We Offer

We offer a range of sign language courses and customised Deaf awareness workshops/programmes. We also cater to the needs of frontline professionals such as medical staff, police, emergency and social workers.

 

 

 

 


See the table of comparison between courses/programmes

 

 

SgSL course SgSL Workshop Work & Professional Course BSC Foreign Sign Language Course
Duration

24 hours

(2 hours x 12 lessons)

4 hours
(half day)Or8 hours
(full day)
Eight weeks, two hours per week, or it can be tailored to suit your needs.

36 hours

(3 hours x 12 lessons)

12 hours to 20 hours
Levels 3 levels Not applicable Customised Only one level Customised
Contents
1) Introduction to Sign Language
2) Cultural Information
3) Visual Gestural Communication
4) Basic Sign Learning
5) Sentence Signing
6) Comprehension skill
7) Conversation skill
8) Storytelling skill
9) Assignment
10) Test/Examination
For who Public and group School or company or specialised group Company or specialised group work/serve with Deaf community Public  who want to learn to sign in English (not as second language) Public those who are interested in learning foreign sign language to communicate with a deaf foreigner
Language requisite English English English English SgSL
Purpose

-communi-

cation with deaf people

-obtain new second language

- potential new career such as interpreters, or teacher for the Deaf

- For self interest

- Deaf Awareness

-Communicate with deaf client

-Work/serve with Deaf client

-Daily communi- cation based on English

- obtain new skill

-Commun-ication with deaf foreigner

-obtain new second language

 

 

Registration & Payment

 

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