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Introductory Course
on
South African Sign Language
There is a need for the training of public service officials and the general public to enable them to communicate with deaf people. NWU has expertise and experience in the teaching of SA Sign Language that can equip participants to communicate in Sign Language.

Purpose of the course:

The aim of this introductory course is to develop participants’ skill in the use of in SA Sign Language and their knowledge of deaf culture.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
None, but prospective participants should note the learning assumed to be in place.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Typically, participants should have completed their secondary school training.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

Topic 1: Deaf Community - Terminology and Membership.

After completion of this course, participants will:

  • define terminology related to deafness and be able to distinguish the differences thereof.
  • define Deaf community.
  • list and explain the factors regarding membership into the Deaf community.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of terminology related to deafness and membership of the Deaf community They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 2: Deaf Community - Naming.
  • explain the process of naming in the Deaf community.
  • define a sign name.
  • explain the role of sign names in Deaf culture.
  • list and explain the classes and subclasses of sign names.
  • describe their own sign name with reference to how sign names are given.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding naming in the Deaf community. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 3: Deaf Community - Myths and Assumptions.
  • identify and explain myths and assumptions about deafness, deaf people, hearing people, sign language and sign language interpreters.
  • describe how you would attempt to dispel these myths and assumptions.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding about myths and assumptions about the Deaf community. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 4: Culture Drill – Getting Attention.
  • identify the various appropriate ways to get a Deaf persons attention
  • understand when someone uses you as an intermediate to get a Deaf persons attention.
  • get a Deaf persons attention successfully.
Participants will have to demonstrate their skill in getting the attention of a Deaf individual. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 5: Culture Drill – Effective Communication with the Deaf.
  • explain the basic rules surrounding effective communication with the Deaf.
  • list and explain the methods of effective communication with the Deaf.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of the tools to effective communication with the Deaf. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 6: Culture Drill – Conversation Strategies.
  • list and explain the various acceptable methods of asking for clarification or repetition during a signed conversation.
  • list and explain the various acceptable methods of interrupting and closing a signed conversation.
  • use the four commonly used sign phrases when asking for clarification or repetition.
  • use common phrases used in ending signed conversations.
Participants will have to demonstrate their skill in asking for clarification or repetition, interrupting and closing a signed conversation. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 7: Language – Alphabet and Numbers.
  • sign and understand the alphabet and numbers in SASL.
  • identify different shapes signed by another person and be able to repeat the shape.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of the alphabet and numbering system in SASL. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 8: Language – Parameters of a Sign.
  • list and explain the five parameters of a sign.
  • identify the five parameters of an individual sign.
  • apply the five parameters when making notes and remembering a new sign.
Participants will have to demonstrate their understanding of the five parameters of a sign in SASL. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 9: Language – Greetings, Introductions and Question Words.
  • introduce themselves.
  • ask and answer simple questions.
  • sign and understand question words.
  • partake in a basic introductory conversation i.e. greetings and introducing yourself.
  • understand and apply SASL rules of grammar.
  • use appropriate non-manual signals.
demonstrate their skill in conducting a basic introductory conversation in sign language. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.
Topic 10:  Language – Exchanging Information.
  • sign and understand terminology related to the work environment.
  • ask and answer simple questions related to the work environment.
  • make requests, give commands and provide directions appropriately.
  • use appropriate conversational responses.
Participants will have to demonstrate their skill in requesting and providing information related to the work environment. They should be able to use and remember any new signs taught during the Topic.

 

Assessment: 
Final assessment: Practical and Theory.
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: 
Public servants in government departments and the general public who would like to master basic skills in SA Sign Language.
Contact us
Name: 
UCE
E-mail: 
Telephone number: 
018 285 2821