March 6, 2015
Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture:
The Prefecture Daisen Support High School for the Deaf in Sakai-shi has started a program to support a student aiming at studying abroad from April, 2014. It offers a monthly English course as well as an American Sign Language workshop.
The workshop is held monthly after school for the student who wants to learn more ASL. One of the students attended it has a goal; going to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She said, "I'd like to learn American culture and make many foreign friends".
The students are now able to communicate in English and ASL, such like including self-introduction, etc. after study in about half year.
The principal explains, "Even if there is a barrier, students want to play an active part overseas. We'd like to prepare the way tightly so that they would not give up because of a language barrier". Only the problem is that there are few English teachers who can handle ASL.