Sign Language: New Words Created
The Callan Services for Persons with Disabilities has developed new words in sign language for children with a hearing impairment.
These will be incorporated into the four main subjects in the education curriculum; Maths, English, Science and Social Science.
Children with hearing impairment are being encouraged to register into the formal education system.
The 1994 edition of the Melanesian Signs For Communication with the Deaf only has 146 words. A new edition will be written once new words are created.
More than 3 thousand words have already been identified and signs are being developed for them.
Last year, 96 new signs were created. In this week’s workshop, more than 200 were created.
"From the ninty-six words we developed, they agreed on all the signs that we did. They only disputed four signs." Michael Lulu, National Hearing Project Coordinator.
Participants of the workshop were teachers from Special Education Resource Centres around the country.
A panel of 4 judges made up of Special Education teachers with a hearing impairment judged various signs suggested by other Special Education teachers.
After a suggested sign is picked, it is recorded. All the new signs will be sent to all the special education resource Centres around the country to be evaluated.
The new signs created will be introduced into the curriculum of teachers colleges.
Callan Services is looking to building vocabulary for children with a hearing impairment at an early age to prepare them for when they begin formal schooling.