Signing Exact English Course (old)

Signing Exact English (SEE) is a manually coded English system that is based on signs drawn from American Sign Language (ASL) and is expanded with articles, prepositions, pronouns, affixes, tenses, and finger-spelled words to visually represent the English language. SEE has been adopted as the communication method for deaf children in educational settings in Singapore since 1977.

There are three stages in this course:

  • Beginner Stage (BS1, BS2, BS3)To introduce students to learn basic signed English vocabulary for simple communication. The student will also concentrate on the correct reproduction of signs and basic receptive skills.
  • Intermediate Stage (BS1, BS2, BS3)A continuation of vocabulary training and allow students emphasis on the importance of receptive skills through activities that help to improve sign reception.
  • Advanced Stage (BS1, BS2, BS3)Focuses on student’s signing speed and overall development of communication skills through the emphasis on Total Communication.

Our SEE Instructors

All SEE courses held at SADeaf are conducted by our qualified SEE instructors. Our instructors have undergone specialised training and passed related assessments conducted by trainers and assessors from the Signing Exact English Center at Los Alamitos, USA.

Note that SADeaf has not authorised any third parties to conduct SEE workshops or SEE courses on its behalf. If you come across any external parties which claim to be conduct such classes for SADeaf, please contact us to verify.

Types of Classes

SADeaf offers SEE courses for the general public, as well as customised SEE workshops and programmes for voluntary welfare organisations, corporate companies, secondary schools, institutes of higher learning and public agencies.

IN-HOUSE

The course is held at SADeaf premises and are open to everyone. Students should be proficient in English and be at least 16 years old.

EXTERNAL

The course will be conducted at your premises. There is a $10 surcharge for each course participant.

All students who wish to take up SEE course must first complete two 3-hour sessions of the Deaf Community, Culture and Language (DCCL). This session gives insights into the world of the Deaf and better understanding of deafness. A certificate of attendance will be given to those who have completed DCCL.

Stage Course Title Duration & Length Course Fee
Beginner Stage 1*
(BS1)
24 hours (once a week)
8 lessons x 3 hours
Member: $70
Non-member: $77
Stage 2
(BS2)
18 hours (once a week)
6 lessons x 3 hours
Member: $60
Non-member:$65
Stage 3
(BS3)
18 hours (once a week)
6 lessons x 3 hours
Member: $60
Non-member:$65
Intermediate Stage 1
(IS1)
18 hours (once a week)
6 lessons x 3 hours
Member: $70
Non-member:$75
Stage 2
(IS2)
18 hours (once a week)
6 lessons x 3 hours
Member: $70
Non-member:$75
Advanced Stage 1
(AS1)
18 hours (once a week)
6 lessons x 3 hours
Member: $80
Non-member: $85
Stage 2
(AS2)
18 hours (once a week)
6 lessons x 3 hours
Member: $80
Non-member: $85

* Beginners’ Stage 1 (BS1) course includes Deaf Community, Culture and Language (DCCL) sessions.

Requirements

  • Proficient in English
  • At least 16 years old
  • Class size shall be minimum number of 8 participants
  • Subject to instructors’ availability

Certification for SEE Students

All students of SEE courses are required to go through an assessment after completing every stage. Result slips are provided to those who successfully pass the tests, while certificates will be awarded to those who have successfully pass the examinations of each stage.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Course fees and cost of resource publications are subject to change.
  2. Course fees will not be refunded once classes have commenced.
  3. Course fees and cost of dictionaries are subject to change.
  4. Class commencement is subject to having the minimum number of participants and the availability of an instructor.
  5. The Singapore Association for the Deaf reserves the right to reject an application without reason.
  6. Transfer to the next available course will not be made should a student fail to complete the course.
  7. If a student fails the test / exam, she / he has to take the retest / re-exam the following week. If she / he fails it again, she / he would have to repeat the course.
  8. The Result Slips and Certificates of Achievement are indications of the students’ communication competence level and do not in qualify them to become sign language instructors.