"Japanese Sign Language" introduced in Deaf education

Class taught thoroughly in Japanese Sign Language (JSL)
(photo: http://news.goo.ne.jp/article/sankei/life/snk20101220084.html)

Up to now, the oral method was a main instruction in the Deaf education. However, it was difficult for the student to comprehend what was said. The classes were unsatisfactory to them due to the shortage of the teacher who is fluent in JSL, etc.

The Nippon Foundation is supporting the course for the Deaf high school students prior to the college/university entrance examination, given by Deaf lecturers and interpreters.

Over 70 percent of 93 schools for the Deaf across the country has introduced sign language. However, many are "manually-coded Japanese". In addition, because the oral training, JSL, and the manually-coded Japanese exist together, the quality of Deaf education is failed.

The percentage of Deaf students pursuing higher education was only 16% while a percentage of hearing ones exceeded 50% in 2009.

The class on the entrance examination with JSL and support services for Deaf high school students was held in Tokyo. The lecturers were all Deaf, and taught mathematics, English, Japanese, etc. with interpreting and CART. Also the university students instructed in the knack of studying for exam.

Interpreting and support service are indispensable to understand the lecture after entering the college/university. Because the hearing college/university does not offer satisfactory support services, the Deaf student always faces the problem: he gets frustrated or isolated in the class due to the lack of effective communications.

The Office of the support project for the Deaf student in the Japan College of Social Work located in Tokyo has supported the Deaf students inside as well as outside the college.

The student at another university is also allowed to attend the lecture in JSL by the cross registration program. The 13 courses including "Sign linguistics", English, economics, etc. are taught by all the Deaf lecturers.

In the college, the special support school teacher training course has been set up since last year. The student who wants to register the course is required to master JSL, which was for the first time in the country.

Nippon Foundation officials in supporting the spread of JSL says, "We want to organize the lecture that directly is carried out in JSL and to arrange the environment that the Deaf student learns without any problem at the university in order to improve their scholastic attainments and the percentage of enrollment in higher education".


jTiger said...

Hi, I'm currently writing a ronbun about 日本手話 and I'm planing to base it about the difficulties deaf people have here in Japan. I was wondering if you have a site with this kind of information written. I have found 1 school in Tokyo founded in 2008 that claims to be the only school currently using shuwa in their teaching.
Thanks =)

Deaf Japan News said...

Referring the school using the bilingual education, Meisei Gakuen School for the Deaf, here is the English link: http://www.meiseigakuen.ed.jp/english/index.html