Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education

Research in sign linguistics and language acquisition has shown that optimal learning for deaf children can be achieved through both signed language and spoken language, and sign language can facilitate their spoken language and literacy development. Other than helping deaf children, sign language learning is also beneficial to hearing children, especially in developing different areas of the brain. With the support of research evidence, the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong started the "Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education (SLCO) Programme" in 2006, enabling deaf and hearing children to learn together with both signed and spoken languages. The Programme has developed education programmes from preschool to secondary education, aimed at developing a "through-train" model of deaf education for deaf children to engage in equal education and an inclusive society.

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“Sign language is the easiest way to ‘talk’ to her!”

Wong Yuen Ting’s (deaf student) mother

My daughter has severe hearing loss and she has been living in the world of silence. For all these years, hearing aids were useless and the cochlear implant surgery was a failure. I was totally stuck until I heard about the Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme...


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