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BEd (South African Sign Language)

Learning outcomes for the SASL course

The following outcomes are envisaged as being achieved through this course. These outcomes are provided to assist you in identifying the central aims of the course. These outcomes also help you to asses your personal progress and development.

  • Introducing and developing knowledge of South African Sign Language.
  • Developing skills of communication – production, receptive, recording (writing) and viewing (reading) – appropriate to the learner’s level.
  • Providing skills for self – development in learning SASL.
  • Introducing the learners to the concept of the Deaf Community, Deaf Culture and Deaf Identity.
  • Developing appropriate classroom practice for the learning and teaching SASL as a foreign or third language.
  • Introducing an academic and working knowledge of SASL

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Course Outline

Unit 1 - Semester 1 & 2

An introduction to the spatial, visual language and sign production. There is a concentration on sign production, basic language formation, social discourse, multilingual contexts and the development of visual (viewing) competence. The issue of Deaf culture, identity and literature is also discussed.

Unit 2 - Semester 3 & 4

The unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in unit 1. This unit further guides the students in understanding and using SASL in an education context, development of visual comprehension, conversational competence, visual reading and (writing) recording, linguistics, Deaf culture and community.

EDUC 2222 South African Sign Language 2

This course focuses on the understanding and use of South African Sign Language in academic and professional contexts:  development of visual comprehension, conversational competence, visual reading and production; application of language skills to the classroom; linguistics; elective components from a range of topics including Deaf culture and folklore, additional studies in language, linguistics, literature and further study of classroom methods and practices in Deaf educational context.

 

EDUC 2181 South African Sign Language in Education A (NQF 5, 12 credits)

(SASL as 1st additional language)
An introduction to the study of South African Sign Language as a first additional language; the relationship between language, culture and education, with particular reference to teaching and learning South African Sign Language in the context of the multilingual South African classroom; the personal development of signing, visual listening, visual reading, production and thinking in South African Sign Language for academic and professional purposes.

EDUC 2181 South African Sign Language in Education B (NQF 5, 12 credits)

(SASL as home and 1st language)
This course focuses on the understanding and use of South African Sign Language in academic and professional contexts:  development of visual comprehension, conversational competence, visual reading and production; application of language skills to the classroom; linguistics; elective components from a range of topics including Deaf culture and folklore, additional studies in language, linguistics, literature and further study of classroom methods and practices in deaf educational context.

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