"HI, MY name is Kim Mi-sung. And I am..." Can you introduce yourself like
this in silence? With no words and no voice, you can express what you want with
only your hands. Where? In "Sign Language" class.
The "Sign Language" (UCG1120/ three-credits/ elective general
education subject) aims at helping students understand the auditory disabled
people. The course focuses on beginners who have never learned sign language.
Professors in charge have teaching experiences in the school of deaf-mute. The
grades are evaluated by exam (50%), presentation (30%) and participation
Though sign language has no sound, this class is filled with
happy sounds due to various activities. Basically, students learn basic finger
signs and expressions with a main text book. According to it, students make
stories, sing songs and play performances within groups.
Through this class, students get chances to think about the
physically challenged. Choi Eun-ah (Soph., Area of Engin.) says, "I was only
interested in learning a new language initially. However, as time went by, I
could understand the deaf-mute themselves." To these students, "Sign language is
the same as Korean or English. I hope students understand the physically
challenged are not strange people," says Kim Sam-chan (Visiting Professor, the
Principal of Hangook Woojin School).
Today, we do not
realize the difficulties of deaf-mutes well. To understand them better, more
people need to know sign language in society. How about taking a first step to
understand them in "Sign Language" course? Soon, you will be able to say hello
kindly to a deaf-mute beside you.