De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) on May 30 will begin offering a free online crash course series on Filipino Sign Language (FSL).
The classes, scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m., will be conducted via Facebook Live at the school’s official Facebook page. It will be facilitated by faculty members Bernadette Infanta and Maria Elena Lozada of the SDEAS Filipino Sign Language Learning Program.
The first session will cover the FSL alphabet and the fundamental greetings, while the succeeding lessons will dwell on important signs used in hospital emergencies and COVID-related situations.
SDEAS aims to educate the public about the Deaf community. “It is important for my students to learn sign language, so they can communicate with members of the Deaf community. As hearing persons, they must be aware about Deaf people’s identity and unique culture,” says Infanta.
“After learning Filipino Sign Language, perhaps they can visit remote regions and help provide access to the Deaf as teachers or interpreters,” she adds.
Supplementary FSL Learning Kits, which contain FSL posters and videos featuring over 300 FSL signs and phrases to guide the participants as they continue learning FSL at home, may be obtained at a minimum cost of P350.
Interested supporters may send help via GCash or electronic bank transfer to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde UCPB Savings Account (Account number: 00120-196-8681; Reference code: 2020SDEASCOVID). For inquiries, visit DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies on Facebook. The support form may be accessed through https://bit.ly/2SeK1jl.
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