Singapore Sign Language Course


Interested in learning a deaf language and exploring a new culture? Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) is our native sign language recognised and accepted by the Deaf community in Singapore. SgSL comprises a combination of Shanghainese Sign Language (SSL), American Sign Language (ASL) and locally developed signs.

A “no-voice” teaching method is used to reinforce the learning experience. Participants learn through classroom instruction and role-play, as well as storytelling and handouts.

Due to COVID-19, the Singapore Sign Language classes will be held online to protect the well-being and health of our students, staff and community. SADeaf is monitoring the situation closely and make adjustments when necessary.  

Currently, SADeaf conducts our sign language classes online. Sign language is a visual language. As such, to obtain the best learning experience, students are strongly encouraged to use a laptop or desktop computer for classes. This ensure a clear view of the instructor and students on a larger screen. 

If you wish to have SgSL courses to be conducted at your school or company premises, please contact us for more information and queries.

The SgSL course comprises of four levels:

DCCL & SgSL Level One

13 Lessons x 2hrs

The Deaf Community, Culture & Language (DCCL) and Singapore Sign Language Level One course develops capabilities in non-verbal, visual-gestural communication as well as the study of gestures as a form of communication, and visual language basics. Theme based and including activities in expressive and receptive skills, the course focuses on training learners in basic functions such as greetings and introduction. It also emphasises the systematic study of the SgSL vocabulary and structure.

No test or examination in this level.

Members: $160
Non-Members: $190

SgSL Level Two

12 Lessons x 2hrs

A continuation of Level One, expanding the emphasis on developing signing skills and sign communication.

There will be test or examination at this level.

Member: $180
Non-Member: $200

SgSl Level Three


A continuation of Level Two. There will be test or examination at this level.

Member: $200
Non-Member: $220

SgSl Level Four


A continuation of Level Three. There will be test or examination at this level.

Member: $220
Non-Member: $240

Course Scheudle

Other Offered Courses 

Singapore Sign Language Workshops (Half/ Full Day)

This workshop will introduce participants to strategies and techniques for dealing with individuals with hearing loss. Participants will learn the SgSL alphabet, basic sign language for daily communication, and communication strategies. Participants will also learn about deaf culture in order to have a better understanding on how to integrate with individuals with hearing loss.

Course Title  Duration & Length Course Fee
SgSL Half Day 4 hours
(9am to 1pm or
1pm to 5pm)
Internal – $480
External – $560
SgSL Full Day  8 hours
(8am to 6pm with one hour lunch break)
Internal – $960
External – $1,120

Key Outcomes

This workshop gives participants an opportunity to :

  • acquire knowledge about Deaf culture and the Deaf
  • community.develop an awareness of SgSL communication behaviour
  • develop basic receptive and expressive skills for everyday communication situations.
  • learn basic grammar 

The content of this workshop will include

  • Deaf Culture and community
  • Language and communication strategies
  • Visual-gestural communication
  • SgSL vocabulary and basic grammar
  • Group learning and role play

This workshop will be conducted by a Deaf individual with experience in conducting workshops related to deafness and teaching of SgSL.

There is no formal assessment and each participant will receive a certificate upon completion of the workshop.

Work and Professional Programme

The Professional & Workplace course is specifically designed to fit your communication requirements. We will tailor a curriculum to suit your special professional needs using common vernacular and vocabulary. This will help your employees better understand the communication needs of the Deaf community, or be better prepared to work with Deaf colleagues or clients.

The eight-week course programme aims to provide employers with the appropriate and relevant information about people who are Deaf or Hard-of-hearing and provides an introduction to learning the sign language used by the Deaf community in Singapore.

The content of each session will vary according to the audience and context. Generally, we provide information on the following topics:

  • Deaf Culture and Community
  • Language and communication strategies
  • Working with someone who is Deaf
  • Support services for Deaf people
  • SgSL vocabulary
  • Customised theme based on your professional needs (i.e. healthcare, legal, tourism, etc.)
  • Number of participants
  • Minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 per class

Eight weeks, two hours per week, or it can be tailored to suit your needs.

Key Outcomes
This course gives your employees an opportunity to:

  • Create an accessible workplace for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Improve your customer service quality
  • Allow your business to reach new markets

Course Cost
Course costs vary according to the programme which best meets your needs. We can customise the training to fit with your organisational requirements. The classes can be conducted at any time during working hours according to your organisation’s needs, and can be taught at your organisation or at the SADeaf premises. For classes outside SADeaf, travel expenses may be charged.