Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education

Research in sign linguistics and language acquisition has shown that optimal learning for deaf children can be achieved through both signed language and spoken language, and sign language can facilitate their spoken language and literacy development. Other than helping deaf children, sign language learning is also beneficial to hearing children, especially in developing different areas of the brain. With the support of research evidence, the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong started the "Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education (SLCO) Programme" in 2006, enabling deaf and hearing children to learn together with both signed and spoken languages. The Programme has developed education programmes from preschool to secondary education, aimed at developing a "through-train" model of deaf education for deaf children to engage in equal education and an inclusive society.

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“It’s fun to play with deaf students!”

Cheung Ka Ming (hearing student)

I really like learning in the co-enrolment class. I can make new friends and learn a new language (sign language); I’ve learnt quite a lot! For example, I have learnt to be patient and be respectful with others...


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