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April 15, 2019

無障學習 聾健共融

「我配戴了助聽器上課,但對課堂內容仍然有很多不明白的地方。」

「我有努力看着老師的口型學習,爲何仍然學不好?」

「我在學校很孤單,好想找到朋友,但是……」

以上都是一般在香港主流學校就讀的聾人或弱聽學生會遇到的困難;即使他們都有配戴先進的助聽儀器,但聽力限制令他們經歷我們很難完全理解的障礙。我們可以想像自己每天坐在課室,無法清楚老師在說甚麼、同學在笑甚麼的處境嗎?聽覺障礙不是這些學生自己選擇的,但我們可以爲這班擁有正常智力,同樣希望有自己夢想的年青人去建立一個有效的學習環境。

有見及此,香港中文大學手語及聾人研究中心在2006年就開始與一些主流學校合作,推行這個全亞洲首創的「手語雙語共融教育計劃」。通過手語和口語兩方面的配合,在一個普通課室加入聾人或有良好手語能力的健聽助理教師,讓這些聾/弱聽學生可以透過手語獲得更多視覺學習支援,在不受聽力限制下發展各樣潛能。

Accessible learning environment for Deaf and hearing

‘I wear my hearing aids in class, but I still couldn’t understand a lot of the teaching content.’

‘I’m trying my best to lip-read when I’m learning from my teacher, but I still fail to learn well.’  

‘I feel so lonely at school. I want to make friends, but…’

All of the above are obstacles faced by Deaf/hard-of-hearing students who study in Hong Kong mainstream schools. Although they are wearing advanced hearing assistant device, they still face difficulties caused by their hearing status to fully understand all the teaching content. Can you imagine sitting in a classroom every day without understanding your teachers’ instructions or your classmates’ jokes? These students are not able to choose their hearing status, but you can choose to contribute towards their success. They are just like us, with full potential and ability to chase their dreams, if only we could support them with an effective learning environment.  

In this light, the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong started to cooperate with some mainstream schools, setting up Asia’s first Sign Bilingual and Co-enrollment Programme since 2006. With the presence of Deaf or hearing teachers with competent signing ability, the barriers caused by hearing status in the mainstream classroom could be overcome. Through their assistance in both signed and/or spoken language, more visual learning support can be given to deaf/hard-of-hearing students to reach their full potential.
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Website: http://slco.org.hk/

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