Experiencing SgSL Week from the comfort of home

Singapore’s inaugural digital International Week of the Deaf (IWD) 2020 was launched on 21st September 2020. Together with the global Deaf community, we celebrated and showcased Deaf cultures and languages to the larger public. The event was held on our official Facebook page of The Singapore Association for the Deaf.

The IWD 2020 celebration in Singapore adopted the theme for the International Day of Sign Languages 2020 β€œSign Languages are for Everyone!” In accordance with the theme, the program included members of the Deaf community using Singapore Sign Language through Stories in Sign and featuring in the #DeafAtWork segment. Sharing sessions on the Deaf community, identity, and language were also presented through Facebook Live every evening.

𝘞𝘦 𝘸π˜ͺ𝘴𝘩 𝘡𝘰 𝘡𝘩𝘒𝘯𝘬 𝘒𝘭𝘭 𝘷π˜ͺ𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘫𝘰π˜ͺ𝘯π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭π˜ͺ𝘯𝘦, 𝘒𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘒𝘴 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘒𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘒𝘯π˜₯ 𝘴𝘡𝘒𝘧𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘦π˜₯ 𝘰𝘯 𝘡𝘩π˜ͺ𝘴 𝘢𝘯π˜ͺ𝘲𝘢𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘡.

Watch the videos!
An upside to holding the event online is that the content is still available on our Facebook page. For those who missed the talks or wish to view them again, just browse over for theΒ full list of online videos.

Below are selected talks, presentations, and #StoriesInSign series in Singapore Sign Language.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Lighthouse School

The Little Red Hen by David Lee

My Wobbly Experience by April Chia

Haunted Roads by Dennis Tan

The daily live events during the IWD 2020 included the sharing by researchers and members of the Deaf community, and the #DeafAtWork series showcases some outstanding members of the community. Check ’em out!

The Importance of Early Access to Sign Language; #DeafAtWork David Lee; #DeafAtWork Tan Wei Ling

Moving along the Signing Continuum: An Exploration of the Factors Influencing Code Choice; Encoding of Emotions in Singapore Sign Language; #DeafAtWork Ken Tan

By Deaf Access Dept (Deaf Studies), SADeaf

Flourishing at Mayflower

During the circuit breaker period, Home-Based Learning (HBL) replaced physical teaching and several problems emerged for students with hearing loss. They were used to an in-person learning setting. Besides the lack of physical support as well as social interaction, also absent was English subtitles in the video clips used in the online learning platform.

Lessons in progress using Google Meet!
Interpreting for lessons

And into the breach stepped the mainstream teachers and the specialised teachers and their dynamic collaboration!. We recorded the signed lessons which were then embedded into the videos before they were uploaded to the platform. The teaching team also worked out a video conferencing schedule for Google Meet lessons with the students with hearing loss, giving them more individualised attention. 

A combined Google Meeting with Primary 2 and 3 students and teachers.

The parents were supportive in assisting their children in the HBL process and soon our students became used to online learning. They also picked up other skills such as uploading their written work. Indeed, the whole experience was, for us and our students with hearing loss, a steep learning curve in becoming IT-savvy almost overnight!

A Very Different National Day Celebration

Celebrating in classrooms

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the National Day celebration was not held at the Yio Chu Kang stadium as usual. Instead, we celebrated the occasion as a school in our classrooms virtually through Zoom.  Nonetheless, the students had fun while practising safe distancing.

Coming together as a school, students and teachers produced a video, singing and signing the song β€˜Our Singaporeβ€˜ by JJ Lin. The Primary 3 students with hearing loss and their classmates signed the lyrics for the song for the video. It screened during the school’s NDP celebration for all to watch!

Janelle Jurng leads the signing!

Every year, two students with hearing loss are selected to lead the school in β€œThe Recollections”. However, as we were unable to gather together, one of our students with hearing loss, Janelle Jurng, was chosen to lead the school in signing along from their classrooms, as they watched the NDP celebrations online. 

All together in song and sign.

By David Lee (Specialised Teacher) & Bernadette Pung (Educational Interpreter), Deaf Education, SADeaf