Chinese University Opens Asia’s First Sign Language Program

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Two-year course in Hong Kong will train interpreters, teachers and social workers.

Chinese University in Hong Kong’s
 department of linguistics and modern languages is offering Asia’s first two-year degree program in bimodal bilingual studies, the South China Morning Post reports.

The program aims to help students become fully conversant in sign language.

Professor Gladys Tang Wai-lan, the director of the center for sign linguistics and deaf studies at CUHK, said the program had been a long time coming.“The need to integrate the differently abled has been long overdue. Even though the society has adopted a more open-minded attitude towards sign language, there’s still a gap,” she said, since the city still lacked teachers, sign interpreters and social workers who could interact with the deaf and hard of hearing.

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