Background and Aim
The emergence of Sign Linguistics in recent decades has led to a new model of deaf education based on the concept of Sign Bilingualism where deaf children are trained to become proficient in both signed and spoken language for purpose of access to education. This new model is gaining ground in many western countries with positive learning outcomes. In Hong Kong, oralism remains an overarching philosophy of deaf education and sign language research is called for in order to meet the challenges of revamping local deaf education. With the generous donation of Lee Hysan Foundation to the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, an award is set up to support local deaf or hearing talents to receive postgraduate training in Sign Linguistics, with the ultimate goal of nurturing more professionals committed to working for the betterment of the Hong Kong deaf community.
Application for Awards (2015/16)
- be permanent residents of Hong Kong (priority is given to deaf applicants*);
- be proficient in English and Chinese, and some knowledge of Hong Kong Sign Language is preferred but not necessary;
- be responsible for completing all application procedures of the M.A Programme in Linguistics of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and fulfilling all admission requirements of the Programme, and be offered admission; and
- be agreeable to pursuing a specialization in Sign Linguistics of the Programme.
For further details of the M.A. Programme in Linguistics, please go to the website of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
* Support services for the deaf award recipients include a) note-taking service; and b) the provision of FM system if necessary. Due to insufficient locally trained sign interpreters for deaf education at the tertiary level, sign interpretation will not be provided.
Value of Awards
The maximum is HK$164,400 for full-time recipient and HK$92,400 for part-time recipients.
Application forms can be obtained from The Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, or downloadable here. Completed forms must be returned to CSLDS before the closing date by post or in person. (Applicants must also apply to the M.A. Programme in Linguistics through the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong).
Dates of Commencement and Closing of Application for the Awards (2015/16)
Commencement Date: 22 January 2015
Closing Date: 10 April 2015
Source of Further Information
Call for Application
Enquiries should be made to
The Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies,
Room 104, Academic Building No. 2, The Chinese University of Hong Kong