Singapore Sign Language

In collaboration with the Singapore Association for the Deaf, Yale-NUS offers courses for students to learn Singapore Sign Language on our campus. For specific questions about the courses, please contact the relevant faculty member or email languages@yale-nus.edu.sg.

You can read about our students’ experience with this course in here.

Faculty

Courses

For a list of courses taught this coming semester, please visit the module registration website. For a complete list of courses, please see below.

YLN1201 Beginning Singapore Sign Language

Instructor(s): Dennis Tan

Pre-requisite(s): None

Level One aims to develop capabilities in non-verbal, visual-gestural communication as well as the study of gestures as a form of communication and visual language basics. The course is theme-based and includes activities to improve one’s understanding of expressive and receptive skills. The course focuses on training learners in basic functions such as greetings and self-introductions. It also emphasises the systematic study of the SgSL vocabulary and structure.

YLN2201 Intermediate Singapore Sign Language

Instructor(s): Dennis Tan

Pre-requisite(s): YLN1201 Beginning Singapore Sign Language

Level Two builds upon the non-verbal and visual-gestural communication strategies developed in Level 1. Students will develop and refine their signing skills and sign communication. This course focuses on training learners to communicate in a variety of contexts such as family settings, leisure activities, and occupations. The course also emphasises the systematic study of the SgSL vocabulary and sentence structure.


Textbooks

For course-specific textbooks, read the course description above. For a complete list of course textbooks, please visit the textbook website.

Learning Goals

By end of the Intermediate Level, students will have:

  • Functional knowledge of the syntax and communication skills in Singapore Sign Language;
  • Improved command of active vocabulary in a range of topics;
  • Familiarity with some of the issues around Deaf people and their culture; and
  • Skills to maintain conversations in Singapore Sign Language.

Events

For events, please visit https://sadeaf.org.sg

Resources

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