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Learn how to Sign!

Learn to communicate and understand Deaf and hard of hearing people through the use of SASL

SASL is a valuable language. South Africa needs more people who are fluent users of SASL and have an appreciation of Deaf culture. SASL is a complete language with its own grammar, vocabulary and syntax. Like any other language, SASL is capable of communicating a potentially infinite number of ideas.  

SASL is a first language for the Deaf community, but there are hearing people who communicate through sign language for those who have children, friends and family who are deaf. 

SASL is on route to becoming an official language. SASL is unique through its visualisation. 

Our courses have trained facilitators, who are first language proficient and have been further trained to teach hearing and non-hearing students. 

South African Sign Language Level 1A

This course, the first of two modules at Level 1, provides an introduction to SASL to be used for general, basic communication. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Use limited SASL vocabulary but correct finger spelling and basic sign language structure.
  • Interact in SASL in a simple way, using simple phrases to describe, discuss and ask about everyday topics, as well as topics associated with areas of immediate need (including greetings, talking about the family, occupations, daily routines and social arrangements).
  • Ask and answer questions.
  • Engage in short conversations with a Deaf person and groups on a familiar topic using South African Sign Language (SASL) (NQF level 4, 6 credits)
  • Demonstrate the production and reception of one hand finger-spelling alphabet (NQF level 4, 4 credits)
South African Sign Language Level 1B

This course is the second module of the introductory course in SASL at Level 1 to be used for general, basic communication with signers of the language. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe familiar people, places and events, holiday destinations and the weather.
  • Ask about and give personal descriptions of oneself and others,express likes and dislikes, and ask for and give directions
  • Request information and permission.
  • Conduct short personal interactions.
  • Deliver a monologue of not less than three minutes on familiar topics, such as personal information, social information, and/or general information about people and things within the person’s own experience, or specific situations or topics that have been well rehearsed.
  • Deliver a monologue to a known audience on a familiar topic using SASL (NQF level 4, 10 credits)
  • Perform everyday communicative tasks using SASL (NQF level 4, 4 credits).
South African Sign Language level 2A

 

This is a pre-intermediate course at Level 2A to be used in general, simple communication with signers of SASL. At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate and maintain short conversations to describe events, people and objects in simple terms and maintain communication that deals with the direct exchange of information, as well as the recounting of a signed conversation
  • Understand specific predictable information in everyday conversations on a familiar topic
  • Understand short, simplified signed monologues
  • Ask questions about a signed monologue on a familiar topic, in preparation for paraphrasing it
  • Summarise the main points of a short simple, signed text, using role shift where necessary.
  • Recount a signed conversation on a simple topic, using South African Sign Language (NQF level 5, 4 credits)
  • Paraphrase and summarise signed monologues on familiar topics using South African Sign Language (NQF level 5, 4 credits)

 

South African Sign Language level 2B

This is an intermediate course at Level 2B to be used for general and specific communication with users of the language. At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Hold conversations with Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf people, on familiar and unfamiliar topics and activities.
  • Use a series of correctly-structured phrases to describe family and other people, living conditions, educational background and current or most recent job.
  • Maintain communication that deals with both direct and indirect exchange of information.
  • Explain complex processes to Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf people using SASL.
  • Understand the main point of short, clear visual input, such as short, signed conversations.
  • Understand specific predictable information in everyday signed conversations, as well as short, signed monologues that deal with unfamiliar topics.
  • Hold conversations with Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf people on an unfamiliar topic using SASL (NQF level 5, 6 credits).
  • Explain complex processes to Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf people, using South African Sign Language (NQF level 5, 3 credits).
South African Sign Language level 3A

This course, the first of two modules at Level 3, aims to enable participants to engage in specific sustained communication with users of the language in South African Sign Language at upper-intermediate A level, including making complex arrangements and engaging in sustained communication regarding the Deaf community and technology, services and education for the Deaf.  At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Communicate regarding specific concrete and abstract tasks requiring a sustained exchange of information on topics and activities using SASL.
  • Use a series of correctly structured phrases to discuss a practical problem and offer a solution using SASL.
  • Describe and facilitate the completion of complex arrangements with Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf individuals.
  • Demonstrate understanding of sustained signed conversations relating to areas of general relevance as well as unfamiliar topics that are delivered clearly by first-language signers.
  • Build on previous knowledge of Deaf culture acquired up to intermediate level, and demonstrate knowledge of technology, services and education for the Deaf in South Africa.
  • Make complex arrangements with Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf people, using South African Sign Language (NQF level 5, 3 credits).
  • Discuss a practical problem and offer a solution, using South African Sign Language (NQF level 5, 3 credits).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Deaf Culture, the Deaf community and technology, services and education for the Deaf in South Africa (NQF level 4, 8 credits).
South African Sign Language level 3B

This is the second module of an upper intermediate course (at Level 3B), which aims to enable participants to engage in specific sustained communication in South African Sign Language, including delivery of a variety of prepared presentations on unfamiliar topics. At this level, the learner has comprehensive knowledge of the most important language structures. At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Deal with most situations likely to arise when speaking to first language speakers on familiar topics, i.e. enter unprepared into conversation.
  • Ask questions and paraphrase a signed monologue on an unfamiliar event or topic using a series of correctly structured phrases.
  • Summarise the main points of a signed text on an unfamiliar topic using South African Sign Language.
  • Deliver a variety of prepared presentations and answer questions relating to an unfamiliar event or topic using South African Sign Language.
  • Demonstrate understanding of sustained signed conversations and monologues relating to abstract and/or unfamiliar topics or events.
  • Narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe their reactions.
  • Understand the main points of signed TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest, including fictional narratives.
  • Deliver a variety of prepared presentations and answer questions related to an unfamiliar topic using South African Sign Language (NQF level 5, 4 credits).
  • Paraphrase and summarise a signed presentation on an unfamiliar topic using South African Sign Language (NQF level 5, 5 credits).
South African Sign Language level 4 A

This course  allows students to learn how to converse extensively about a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Describing accidents, talking about money, making major decisions, discussing health conditions, and storytelling.
  • In doing so, students must employ the correct SASL linguistic structures such as classifiers, non-manual features, movement agreement, coordination of the body and non-manual features, role shift and change of perspective and different question types.
  • Students are expected to be able to accommodate Deaf signers from various communities and language backgrounds.
  • Interaction in the Deaf community is a requirement for achieving the outcomes of this unit. 
  • Students will also be exposed to interpreting situations.
South African Sign Language level 4B

This course  allows students to learn how to converse extensively about a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Describing accidents, talking about money, making major decisions, discussing health conditions, and storytelling.
  • In doing so, students must employ the correct SASL linguistic structures such as classifiers, non-manual features, movement agreement, coordination of the body and non-manual features, role shift and change of perspective and different question types.
  • Students are expected to be able to accommodate Deaf signers from various communities and language backgrounds.
  • Interaction in the Deaf community is a requirement for achieving the outcomes of this unit. 
  • Students will also be exposed to interpreting situations.
Course Fee

Courses 1A to 3B is R 5700. 

Courses 4A & 4B is R 6000.

Duration

Each module is part-time and runs for 10 weeks (40 hours).

Qualification

Participants must complete two sets of assessments, formative and summative, in order to receive a Certificate of Competence.  

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • 18 years or older
  • Matric certificate or equivalent
  • Fluency of mother tongue langauge
  • Placement tests are available for applicants who have previous experience of the language. (Assessment is conducted on registration) 
  • In order to qualify for a progressive module, you first need to complete the previous module. I.e for module to 2A, you need to have successfully completed level 1B, or for level 3B you will first need to complete level 3A. 
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