Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment 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 (CSLDS) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong started the "Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment 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. The SLCO Programme is now co-led by CSLDS and SLCO Community Resources.

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Our Work


“Deaf students taught their hearing peers that everything is possible as long as you are working hard for it.”

Yung Mei Ki’s (hearing student) mother

Mei Ki has improved a lot since joining this programme. Her academic results greatly improved because there are one deaf and one hearing teacher teaching together in class, where they are able to take care of every student...