Journal of Plurilingual and Multilingual Education
Online ISSN : 2435-8657
Print ISSN : 2188-7403
Current situation and challenges of college-level courses of Japanese sign language
Teaching the language and culture of minority community
Kazumi MATSUOKAKazumi MAEGAWANatsuko SHIMOTANI
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2018 Volume 6 Pages 60-71

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As more people realize that Japanese Sign Language (JSL) is fundamentally different from Japanese, the number of university-level JSL courses has been gradually increasing. This article discusses the current situations and challenges of JSL courses offered at universities in Japan. Though much improvement is called for in terms of the hiring process, securing sufficient budgets, developing teaching materials and evaluation metrics, it is highly beneficial to have knowledgeable deaf instructors with a substantial understanding of JSL and deaf culture.

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