My communication with my conversation partner has been off to a slow start. But we are connected. Turns out she is a Research Instructional Officer at the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She will get back to me with contact information for a teacher in their Deaf Education programme.
The university has a collaborative relationship with Co-Enrollment in Deaf Education Progamme that is also sponsored by Jockey Club.
It is an “experimental [preschool and primary] programme on a form of education that potentially benefits both deaf and hearing students linguistically and academically…It focuses on how best to achieve bilingual development in a bi-modal learning environment and academic outcomes when teachers and students, deaf and hearing, co-enrol themselves in the education process” (Jockey Club, n.d.).
Their rationale for the Deaf Education Programme is as follows:
“Sign language, a visual language with a full-fledged grammatical system. Research has shown the advantage of using sign language to facilitate the development of spoken languages in the education process, both in speech as well as in spoken language literacy. Equally important for hearing students enrolled in this programme is the provision of a linguistically rich environment supported by a variety of pedagogical autonomous learning, literacy and academic attainment, as well as the nurturing of a positive social attitude towards students with special needs” (Jockey Club, n.d.).
Their website has good information on their overall objectives, advantages of sign bilingualism, and advantages of co-enrollment. Under Advantages of Co-Enrollment are some “buzz” words that we studied in our classes like learner-centered, learning with individualized attention to cater for specific learning needs. It is a website that is worth checking out.
Meantime, she suggested that I watch a video of their program. It has both Chinese and English captions. It shows how their program works.
Centre for Sign Linguistics & Deaf Studies. (n.d.).
Retrieved March 2015 from: http://www.cslds.org/v3/about.php
Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism and Co-Enrolment in Deaf Education Programme. (n.d.) About. Retrieved March 2015 from: http://www.cslds.org/acquisition/en-us/Home