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)||
|Shanghainese Sign Language (SSL)||
|American Sign Language (ASL)||
|Signing Exact English (SEE)||
|Pidgin Sign English (PSE)||
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
|Deaf Culture, Community and Language||SgSL course||SgSL Workshop||BSC||Work & Professional Course||Foreign Sign Language Course|
|Duration||2 hours||24 hours|
(2 hours x 12 lessons)
|4 hours / 8 hours||24 hours |
|24 hours |
(3 hours x 12 lessons)
|Levels||N.A.||3||N.A||Customised||Customised||Only one level|
|Introduction to Sign Language||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Visual Gestural Communication||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Learn Basic Signing||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Test / Examination||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Recommended for||Public & Organisations/ Group||Public & Organisations/ Group||School, organisations or specialised group||Public who want to learn to sign in English.||Organisations or groups who work/serve with Deaf community||Public those who are interested in learning foreign sign language to communicate with a deaf foreigner|
|Purpose||Deaf Awareness||Communication with deaf people|
Learning a new language
Potential career such as interpreters, or teacher for the Deaf.
|Deaf Awareness||Daily communication based on English.||Communicate with deaf clients|
Work/serve with Deaf client
|-Communication with deaf foreigner.|