March 17, 2012
The Hokkaido Education Board will produce the material for the teaching method in "Japanese Sign Language (JSL)" which is the first language of the born-Deaf students, and distribute it to the schools for the Deaf in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan in the 2013 fiscal year.
The oral method has been used mostly for the education of the Deaf in Japan, and the board has attempted to use JSL for the first time in the whole country since 2008. This result was summarized, which the board decided to make the first instruction data in the country to spread the instruction in JSL.
The demand to learn in JSL as the first language for the Deaf was so high that the prefecture Sapporo School for the Deaf in Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido has taught in JSL following the curriculum for the first time as a public school in the whole country since April, 2008. The students has an opportunity to choose either oralism or JSL to learn.
The board gave about 20 sixth graders the achievement test to investigate the comprehension depending on the instruction methods. As a result, the average percentage of correct answers of the group of students who studied in JSL was higher, which validity was able to be shown.
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