Prof. Gladys Tang introduced the SLCO Program in the Netherlands

30 March 2018

Prof. Tang was invited to introduce The SLCO Program in HK to parents of deaf children, educators and professionals in the Netherlands.


Deaf children settling into Primary 1 in a mainstream primary school in Singapore

5 February 2018

Glad to know that Singapore's Sign Bilingual and Co-enrolment Programme is having a good start!

"Mrs Lim-Chua said it is heartening that the children do not just tolerate, but accept each other. Any difficulty in communicating is resolved quickly by gesturing, writing short notes and playing, she said. Mayflower Primary will take in 40 to 50 deaf pupils across the different levels in six to seven years' time."


Quzhou, China starts Sign Bilingual and Co-enrolment Programme

22 January 2018

In April 2017, Quzhou Special School sent six core teachers to "Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment Education Programme” of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to learn the latest theories and practices of inclusive education, and to understand the international trend of the field. The school started to experiment the sign bilingual and co-enrolment education model in a small class in their kindergarten in May 2017, and let deaf teachers and hearing teachers to co-teach children using sign language and spoken language simultaneously.

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Singapore adopting the SLCO model to cater for the needs of deaf children

16 September 2017

Singapore has recently adopted the "Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment" education model to cater for the education needs of deaf children. From next year, Mayflower Primary School will take in up to 7 deaf students for Primary one. Main subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science will be co-taught by specialised teacher proficient in sign language and the school’s subject teacher. Deaf and hearing students will be able to attend classes together using both signed and spoken languages.

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Sharing of SLCO Programme after Mass at Cathedral

12 March 2017

The SLCO Programme received approval form the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong for a holding fund drives at Catholic Churches in Hong Kong. The Programme visited 58 churches since 2014, to introduce the rationale of the programme. On 11 and 12 March 2017, the programme visited the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Director Prof. Gladys Tang, deaf student Chan Kei Yau and hearing student Poon Ka Man shared their thoughts and feelings towards the programme after the Mass.

Speech of Programme's Deaf Student in Legislative Council

20 March 2017

Tam Kai Chung, a primary four deaf student of the SLCO Programme, presented a speech in the meeting of the Legislative Council Subcommittee on Children's Right. He talked about the importance of sign language in deaf education, and urged the government to provide sign language support to enable deaf students to learn effectively and contribute back to society in the future.

Grand champion of "Free Your Dream Power! Dream Stage 2016"

14 July, 2016

Congratulations to our deaf students and deaf dancer Jason Wong of Fun Forest for winning the grand champion of "Free Your Dream Power! Dream Stage 2016! 

SLCO Teachers awarded Certificate of Merit in Chief Executives Award for Teaching Excellence

8 July, 2016

Congratulations to the five teachers in the Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education (SLCO) Programme Working Group of Kowloon Bay St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, who were awarded the Certificate of Merit for Special Educational Needs in the 2015/16 Chief Executives Award for Teaching Excellence. Thank you for the hard work and dedication of the school and teachers over the years.

Subsidizing Sign Language Training, Benefitting the Deaf Community - 2 July, 2016

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam attended the 40th anniversary banquet of the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf. In her welcoming speech she spoke of a number or works on sign language promotion by the Working Group on Promoting Sign Language in the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of the Labour and Welfare Bureau, such as including eligible sign language courses in the subsidy coverage of the Continuing Education Fund, issuing the "Directory for Hong Kong Sign Language Interpreters", and funding organizations to hold activities related to sign language promotion and deaf-hearing integration.

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Champion in 4th Interschool Sign Language Song Competition

24 May, 2016

Congratulations to Kowloon Bay St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School for winning the 4th Interschool Sign Language Song Competition!

2014/2015 Outstanding Deaf Student and Youth Award

23 November, 2015

Congratulations to Wong Suet Ying of SLCO Secondary School Programme received her second award in the Outstanding Deaf Student and Youth Award by Otic Foundation. Deaf teacher Ricky Sung in SLCO partner school Kowloon Bay St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School was also awarded.

Deaf Students' Artwork in Deafness Carnival 2015

29 March, 2015

On March 28, Otic Foundation hosted a carnival on deafness, which exhibited the artwork of some deaf students in the SLCO Primary School Programme. Take a look at the great work! View Here

2013/2014 Outstanding Deaf Student and Youth Award

13 October, 2014

Two deaf students and one deaf teacher on the SLCO Programme were awarded the 2013/14 Outstanding deaf Student and Youth Award by Otic Foundation. Congratulations! List of Awardees

"Hong Kong Baby Sign Language" Smart Phone Application

16 July, 2014

"Hong Kong Baby Sign Language" is a series of smart phone application for the public to learn about Baby Signing. The application was designed by Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, CUHK and the Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme. The app included basic knowledge in Hong Kong Sign Language, over 200 sign language clips in each series. Parents may learn from the app and use it with their hearing or deaf children. The application is available in Chinese only.

Series 1
Series 2
Series 3
Series 4


24 May, 2014

伙伴學校九龍灣聖若翰天主教小學獲得由香港基督教服務處第九屆「關愛校園獎勵計劃」的「最關顧有特別需要學生」主題大獎,恭喜! 透過影片,可以體會學校如何為聾的學生所作出的各種努力;也明白到家校合作的齊心可以促使孩子懂得尊重欣賞他人。 


Visit from the Faculty of Education, HKU

20 January, 2014

Following a recent sign language experience course, the Programme continues the collaboration with the Division of English Language Education, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. The Division's Teaching Consultant Dr. Cheri Chan and 28 of her students visited the partner kindergarten Peace Evangelical Centre Kindergarten (Ngau Tok Kok) on 20 January, 2014. Project Manager Mr. Chris Yiu and Principal Lee introduced to students the recent developments of the Programme. Teachers in school also led them to a class observation which let them learn about the bilingual development and learning outcomes of deaf and hearing children in a bi-modal learning environment.

Prof. Gladys Tang Receives the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2013

25 May, 2013

Prof. Gladys Tang, Director of the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at CUHK and Principal Investigator of the Jockey Club Sign Bilingual and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme, was presented the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2013 co-organized by the Hong Kong Red Cross and Radio Television Hong Kong on 25 May, 2013. The award's aim is to recognize the role models who live up and put into practice the spirit of humanity. Prof. Gladys Tang has been conducting linguistic research on Hong Kong Sign Language and deaf children's acquisition of signed language and spoken language since the 1990s. She notices that the general misconceptions about signed language in society has undermined the importance of using this language in educating deaf students; therefore, deaf people have been denied equal opportunities for education and employment. Prof. Tang determines to improve deaf students' opportunities for higher education by introducing the sign bilingual approach in their education, i.e. being taught in signed language. Prof. Tang said, "The award does not belong to me only. It belongs to every member of the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at CUHK. Without them, I will not be able to appreciate the rich and unique linguistic properties of sign languages. It is my hope that the Hong Kong Humanity Award will raise the society's awareness that language, whether signed or spoken, will have an effect on deaf people's personal development and cultivation of self-value." She also hopes that tertiary institutions in Hong Kong can work together in identifying affirmative measures to support deaf people to receive higher education.

Sign Language Programme for Children on TVB

20 May, 2013

A Deaf teacher, a hearing and a deaf student of the Programme from Kowloon Bay St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School took part in the shooting of a sign language segment titled「用手講 用心聽」 in TVB's children programme "AfterSchool ICU". Each episode includes a short play performed by the Deaf teacher, the hearing and the deaf student with the programme's host. They will teach some Hong Kong Sign Language vocabularies and short sentences in the programme. They will also talk about issues on Deaf awareness and culture. 20 episodes were scheduled to be aired in "AfterSchool ICU" every Monday, starting from 20 May 2013.

Hong Kong School Drama Festival 2012/13 "Adjudicators' Award"

26 February, 2013

Programme's partner school St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School obtained the "Adjudicators' Award" in the Hong Kong School Drama Festival 2012/13 by the musical "A Cry of Silence", a story about the inclusive school life of Deaf and hearing students. The school was invited to publicly perform the musical at the Auditorium of Tuen Mun Town Hall on 21 April, 2013. The Adjudicators commended the musical of its meaningful and touching content, and considered it an excellent performance.