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SA Sign Language for Teachers of Deaf Learners
There is a need for the training of teachers in SA Sign Language at advanced level. NWU has expertise and experience in the teaching of SA Sign Language that can improve participants’ skills in and knowledge of the teaching-learning of deaf learners in schools.

Purpose of the course:

The aim of this advanced course is to develop participants’ skill in the use of in SA Sign Language and their knowledge of deaf culture and thus improve their teaching of deaf learners.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
None, but prospective participants should note the learning assumed to be in place.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
A knowledge of and skill in SA Sign Language at intermediate level. Typically, participants should have completed the Intermediate Short learning Programme on Sign Language for Teachers of deaf Learners at NWU.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

Topic 1:  What is Sign Language Poetry?

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Define sign language poetry.
  • Explain the purpose of sign language poetry.
  • Discuss Dorothy Miles’ contribution to sign language poetry.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of the definition, history and purpose of Sign Language Poetry. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 2:  Repetition in Sign Poetry.
  • Explain repetition in sign language poetry.
  • Discuss the different types of repetition: handshape, movement, location, rhythm, signs and grammatical structure.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of repetition in sign poetry. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 3: Symmetry and Balance in Sign Poetry.
  • Define symmetry and balance in sign poetry.
  • Explain vertical, horizontal and front-back symmetry.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of symmetry and balance in sign poetry. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 4: Themes in Sign Poetry.
  • Explain how themes are portrayed in sign poetry.
  • List and discuss the four most common themes found in sign poetry: trees, flying and freedom, celebration of sign language and sight, and celebration of Deaf successes.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of the themes in sign poetry. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 5:  Metaphor and Allusion in Sign Poetry.
  • Define metaphor.
  • Define allusion.
  • Compare extended metaphor, allegories and similes in sign poetry.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of metaphor and allusion in sign poetry. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 6:  The Poem and Performance.
  • Explain authorship in sign poetry.
  • Discuss the elements that make up the practical performance of a sign poem: time and speed of signs, enactment, and personation.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of the performance of signed poetry. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 7: Glossing and Notation.
  • Define glossing.
  • Define notation.
  • Discuss the benefits and shortcomings of glossing and notation.
  • List and explain the three most widely used notation systems.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of glossing and notation in SASL. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.

Topic 8: Phonology: Phonemes, Parameters,

Minimal Pairs and Phonological Constraints.

  • Define phonemes and explain their importance.
  • Discuss William Stokoe and his development of the parameter model.
  • Explain minimal pairs in sign language and the constraints thereof.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of phonology in SASL linguistics. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 9:  Morphology: Morphemes, Derivational and Inflectional Morphology.
  • Define morphemes and describe the different types of morphemes.
  • Compare derivational and inflectional morphology.
  • Discuss compound type morphemes.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of morphology in SASL linguistics. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 10:  Morphology: Manner, Aspect and Degree.
  • Compare verb-framing and satellite-framing.
  • Discuss how to show manner in SASL.
  • Explain modality.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of manner, aspect and degree in SASL linguistics. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 11:  Syntax - Basic Sentence Types and Sign Order.
  • Define syntax.
  • List and explain sentence types in SASL.
  • Discuss the semantic elements of sentence construction.
  • Compare reversible and irreversible sentences.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of syntax in SASL linguistics. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 12: Discussing Aspects of Life in South Africa.
  • Engage in impromptu signed discussions about the political, economic and social climate of South Africa.
  • Sign prepared presentations regarding the political, economic and social climate of South Africa.
Participants will have to demonstrate their skill in discussing the political, economic and social climate of South Africa in SASL. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 13:  SASL Regional Dialects.
  • Identify and distinguish between various regional dialects in SASL.
  • Incorporate various regional dialects during signed presentations.
Participants will have to demonstrate their skill in using various SASL dialects when signing. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 14:  Translating English Texts to SASL.
  • Accurately translate English text into SASL glossed text.
  • Utilise SASL glossing techniques appropriately.
Participants will have to demonstrate their skill in translating English texts into SASL. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 15:  Converting SASL Texts to Signed Presentations.
  • Accurately convert an SASL glossed text into a signed presentation.
  • Incorporate SASL linguistic rules appropriately.
Participants will have to demonstrate their skill in converting SASL texts to signed presentations. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 16:  Implementing the new SASL school curriculum
  • Explain the content and implementation of the new SASL curriculum for schools.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of the curriculum by drawing up an implementation plan for schools.

 

Assessment: 
Final assessment: Theory and Practical.
Method of assessment: 
Participants will be assessed by using the following methods: class tests and class-based and real-life situation evaluation of their progress in the skill of Sign Language. Assessment will be done continuously. Practical sessions will be video-taped and assessed by lecturers.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Contact
Target group: 
Teachers in schools for the deaf as well as anyone who would like to master SA Sign Language.
Contact us
Name: 
UCE
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821