TEACHING THE DEAF IMO SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE DEAF teaching assistants now have the opportunity to qualify to be sign language teachers.
The Embury Institute for Higher Education in partnership with the Development Institute for the Deaf and Blind has launched the first of its kind Sign Language Teachers Training Programme. The first intake of 13 students enrolled for the Higher Certificate in Pre school Education began their studies last Monday at the Montana Campus and will complete the course in June 2021.
Once students have successfully completed the two year, part time distance learning qualification, they may enrol for a Bachelor of Education degree in Foundation Phase Teaching at Embury. In the past, the Department of Education appointed deaf South African sign teaching assistants to co teach with hearing teachers to try to close the gap. But while deaf teaching assistants were competent in sign language, most have never received formal training in classroom practice or qualified as teachers, because universities are not accessible to them.
I Matlhatsi Dibakwane