Hearing babies learn English through American Sign Language in Tokyo

April 8, 2013

According to TV Tokyo broadcast program which aired on April 8, "Hana House" located in Suginami-ku, Tokyo, has a program for the hearing infants. They are learning English using American Sign Language (ASL).

"Hana House" has offered programs focusing on English and music for young children since 2009.

"Hana House" website (http://www.hanahouse.jp/index.html) says they have seven staff members including five native English speakers and some with ASL skills.

Nippon Columbia, the Japanese record company which came to exist in 1946, says they will release ASL DVD, and then put on the market for those aged 3 and over in the future.

1 comment:

Houdini said...

Wow! I'm surprised (and honored) to see that you picked this up. I've enjoyed reading this blog over the past year+. I teach the Baby Signing Time classes at Hana House. The course is based on the award-winning Baby Signing Time series which was created to teach ASL vocabulary to enhance communication with babies.

The story behind the creation of Signing Time and Baby Signing Time is an inspiring one which you can read about here: http://www.signingtime.com/aboutus/our-story/

It is one of my greatest joys to be able to share the benefits of signing and bilingual/multilingualism with families in class. Please contact me if you're interested in learning more. http://www.kotobaandsign.info