The 2014 Symposium on Sign Bilingualism and Deaf Education
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Symposium on Sign Bilingualism and Deaf Education will be hosted by the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong from 19 to 21 June 2014. The symposium aims at promoting research and sharing of empirical findings related to Sign Bilingualism and Deaf Education. We are honored to have Professor Bencie Woll (University College London), Professor Rachel I. Mayberry (University of California San Diego), Professor Anne E. Baker (University of Amsterdam), Professor Shirin D. Antia (The University of Arizona), Mr. Carl J. Kirchner (National University - San Diego) to be the keynote speakers for the event.
The official languages of the symposium will be English, Cantonese and Hong Kong Sign Language. In addition to these official languages, interpretation to and from Mandarin will be provided. Participants who want interpretation to and from other languages will need to bring their interpreters.
Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, this symposium waives the registration fee for full-time students, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing participants, interpreters for participants, parents of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Children or local teachers of Deaf/Hard-of-hearing students.
For details, please visit the symposium official website: http://www.cslds.org/sym_signbi2014/.
For enquiries, please contact the organizing committee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Donation to "CUHK Deaf Education Fund"
Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies is in need of your support to enable the deaf students to continue their studies without barriers.
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RTHK Documentary "A Wall-less World IV"
For the past months, RTHK have been shooting at Kowloon Bay St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School for an episode of "A Wall-less World IV", a documentary series on social inclusion in Hong Kong. The story will focus on the friendship between P.6 deaf student Szeto Ming Chun and hearing student Siu Hoi Sing, as well as the inclusive environment in the school. The episode has been aired on TVB Jade on 24 July 2013. The episode can be viewed online through the following link:"A Wall-less World IV" (Chinese content)
Taiwan Ministry of Education Proposes Sign Language Learning for All Teachers
On 15 June 2013, the Ministry of Education of Taiwan expressed their plans on demanding all teachers to learn basic sign language in teacher development programmes. The Ministry of Education is planning to let teachers learn basic sign language in order to communicate with deaf students and to understand their needs, so that deaf students can learn in mainstream classes inclusively. In short term, the ministry will be developing online e-learning resources for teachers. In long term, efforts will be put into further strengthening pre-service teacher development and in-service teacher training programmes. The ministry will be inviting experts and scholars to set a clear direction and goal in August 2013.
Full news article from The Central News Agency (Chinese content)
Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme Included in the Database of Good Practices for Inclusive Education by UNESCO International Bureau of Education
The Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme is honoured to be added to the database of good practices for inclusive education by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNSECO) International Bureau of Education and the Gulf Arab States Educational Research Center (GASERC) in a project which aims to develop an Arab Toolkit for inclusive school development in the Gulf region and to disseminate lessons from outstanding practices in different regions of the world to provide policymakers, schools, teachers, and other stakeholders with concrete evidence and relevant examples of inclusive education.
Prof. Gladys Tang Receives the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2013
Prof. Gladys Tang, Director of the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at CUHK and the Principal Investigator of the Jockey Club Sign Bilingual and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme, was presented the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2013 co-organized by the Hong Kong Red Cross and Radio Television Hong Kong on 26 May, 2013. The award's aim is to recognize the role models who live up and put into practice the spirit of humanity. Prof. Gladys Tang has been conducting linguistic research on Hong Kong Sign Language and deaf children's acquisition of signed language and spoken language since the 1990s. She determines to improve deaf students' opportunities for higher education by introducing the sign bilingual approach in their education.
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Mainstream Primary Schools and Special Schools are Invited to Apply for Picking up "Sound Jigsaw: A Speech Perception Training Kit for Cantonese-speaking Children with Hearing Impairments"
In hope that more deaf children can be benefited from "Sound Jigsaw: A Speech Perception Training Kit for Cantonese-speaking Children with Hearing Impairments", mainstream primary schools and special schools that have not yet obtained this training kit are now welcomed to apply for picking up this training kit.
Please refer to the application form (Chinese version) for further details.
Professor Gladys Tang Commended with "Promotion of Deaf Children Education Award"
Project Director Prof. Gladys Tang was commended with the "Promotion of Deaf Education Award" by the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf in December 2011. The "Promotion of Deaf Children Education Award" was one of the awards of the "Deaf and Hearing Inclusion Awards" of the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf. The Awards commended persons who deeply contributed to Deaf and hearing inclusion development n Hong Kong throughout the past 35 years in areas such as arts, language, education, employment, human rights, sports and contribution to self-helping Deaf organizations. The Programme would like to thank Hong Kong Association of the Deaf for this honour and would strive for better bilingual development and academic outcomes of Deaf and hearing students by continuing to provide them a bilingual learning environment in a co-enrolment setting.
Baby Signing Video Clips Open for Public Viewing
To raise public awareness in Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL) and to provide self-learning materials for those interested in learning HKSL, sign language video clips used in the Programme's Baby Signing Class as teaching materials are now open to public on the Online Sign Language Support System. The set of HKSL video clips, consisting 614 vocabularies and 71 sample sentences, are divided into 30 daily topics. Viewers could learn useful signs as well as basic sentence structures in HKSL. The search function in the system could let viewers search for signs easily. The Online Sign Language Support System can be accessed through the link on the left of this page.
Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism & Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme Recruiting New Students for 11/12
Programmes under the Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism & Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme is now recruiting new students for the year 2011-12. Programmes include Baby Signing Class, Parent Signing Class, Sign Language Reading Class, Kindergarten Sign Bilingualism & Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme and Primary School (P.1) Sign Bilingualism & Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme. Parents who are interested in the above programmes, please fill in and send the application form below to the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong by mail or by fax (fax no.: 3943 4179). Staff of the Centre will contact parents for further details and arrangement. For enquiries, please contact our staff at 3943 1135/3943 4178.
Programme details and application form (Chinese Version)
Baby Signing Class/Saturday Reading Programme
The Saturday Reading Programme was started in early 2007. The Programme aims at enhancing literacy of deaf children as well as improving parent-child communication through learning natural sign language. In order to let deaf children develop their sign language and cognitive ability as early as possible, the Programme has also started the Baby Signing Class in October 2007.
Aims of the Programme
- To create a firm language base for deaf children through learning natural sign language
- To enhance literacy or deaf children
- To improve parent-child communication through learning sign language together
- To Prepare deaf children's integration into mainstream society through reducing their hindrance in communication