University examination course for Deaf students by sign language and caption held in Tokyo

To support Deaf high school students to take the university examination, the examination measures course, taught by the university professors and postgraduates with the use sign language and caption, has been held at Tokyo.

About 20 percent of Deaf high school seniors go to college/university while more than half of the hearing counterparts does.

The university examination course for the Deaf high school students started in June at Shinjuku, Tokyo. The interpreter stands near the lecturer in the classroom, and his remarks are projected through the computer assisted real-time caption system.

The course, arranged mainly by the Japanese College of Social Work and funded by The Nippon Foundation, both located at Tokyo, started in full scale this year after last year's trial.

Japanese language, English, and mathematics are taught weekly at three levels from the beginner's class to the advanced one in the evening after school. Each lecture is paid by the student for 1,000 yen.

A Deaf high school senior (17) in the mainstream program applied for the course after learning from the Internet. He says, "When I questions at the school, the teacher will reply in writing, but I don't occasionally understand easily. I really understand the lecture in the sign language and the caption system".

Other Deaf high student freshman (15) once attended the cram school when he was a junior high school student. He didn't understand what the teacher said and quit. He says, "Being possible to question in the class here by sign language is very good".

The course will be over for the first term in August, and the last term restarts in September until November .

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