Curriculum

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

By the end of the training, hearing participants should be able to:
• Communicate with deaf people at an elementary level in everyday situations.
• Use correct and recognised fingerspelling and SA Sign Language structure.
• Socially interact with deaf people using SA Sign Language phrases to greet, describe, and discuss everyday topics.
• Interact with deaf people in a workplace using basic Sign Language to ask questions and provide information.
• Be proactive and equipped with skills ready for SA Sign Language as the 12th official language.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND REQUIREMENTS

  • The Basic South African Sign Language (SASL) training is at a beginner’s level, and no previous experience is required.

  • The duration of the training is 20 Notional hours, consisting of contact sessions, practical exercises, and assignments.

  • If participants require work-related and job-specific SASL training, the duration of the training will increase to 30 Notional hours for work-related SASL training and 40 Notional hours for work-related SASL in combination with job-specific SASL training.

  • The SASL training is face-to-face training by Deaf Instructors whose Home Language is South African Sign Language and who are fluent in South African Sign Language (SASL).

  • The training is done as a team-teaching approach, where a hearing facilitator is part of the training team. The role of the hearing facilitator is to facilitate the training process and act as a mediator and communicator between the hearing trainees (verbally) and the Deaf Instructor in SA Sign Language. Both are well-equipped and competent in South African Sign Language.

  • The Basic SA Sign Language Course is competency-based, and participants will be assessed in the following:

    • Production of SA Sign Language (the way in which signs are produced).

    • Acquisition (the interpretation of a deaf person’s SA Sign Language).

    • Dialogues (basic conversation with deaf people).

    • Assignments.

  • Hearing participants will also partake in practical SA Sign Language sessions, where they will get the opportunity to practice their newly acquired SA Sign Language skills.

  • Support is given to all participants, and remedial support is provided to those participants not showing the desired progress.

 

 

UNIT 1
UNIT 1CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DEAF COMMUNITY

·         Terminology

·         Deaf Culture

·         Sign names

·         Myths and assumptions

·         Acceptance into the Deaf community

·         Appropriate ways to interact with a Deaf person

UNIT 2
UNIT 2INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION WITH DEAF PERSONS

·         Characteristics of SA Sign Language

·         Fingerspelling

·         Parameters of a sign

·         SASL sentence structure

·         ‘Wh’-questions

·         Vocabulary to assist in introductions

·         Pronouns as part of introductions

·         Popular introductions in the deaf community

(including introducing oneself in combination with fingerspelling)

Unit 3
Unit 3BASIC SASL FOR PERSONAL, FAMILY, AND HOME COMMUNICATION

·         Acquisition and production of personal-related sign vocabulary

·         Acquisition and production of family-related sign vocabulary

·         Acquisition and production of home environment sign vocabulary

Unit 4
Unit 4BASIC COMMUNITY-RELATED AND LIFE-SKILLS ORIENTED SA SIGN LANGUAGE

·         Acquisition and production of community-related sign vocabulary

·         Acquisition and production of life skills sign vocabulary

Unit 5
Unit 5BASIC SOUTH AFRICAN SIGN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT

·         Basic SASL production assessment

·         Basic SASL acquisition assessment

·         Basic SASL dialogue assessment

Unit 6
Unit 6BASIC WORK-RELATED SOUTH AFRICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (OPTIONAL UNIT)

·         Work-Related South African Sign Language

(Additional 10 Notional hours)

·         Acquisition of Work-Related vocabulary

·         Production of Work-Related vocabulary

·         Dialogues on Work-Related vocabulary

·         Work-Related SA Sign Language Assessment

Unit 7
Unit 7BASIC JOB-SPECIFIC SOUTH AFRICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (OPTIONAL UNIT)

·          Occupation-Specific SA Sign Language is tailored for specific job roles within specific work environments. (Additional 10 Notional hours)

·         Acquisition of Job-Specific vocabulary

·         Production of Job-Specific vocabulary

·         Dialogues on Job-Specific vocabulary

·         Job-Specific SA Sign Language Assessment

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