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Video program: Encountering Sign Language : sign language course for people engaged in art project - basic class

  • Art Project ,
  • Workshop

This course is a video program in which viewers will not only learn the basics of the visual/physical language called sign language, but also think about deaf culture and communication with deaf people. The posted recorded videos can be accessed anytime from anywhere.

“Meet-up Program” for video viewers! (Advance reservation required) *Applications are now closed.
Please see here for more information.

Meet the Instructors

#1 “About Basic Expression in Sign Language”

#1-1 Getting used to looking
– Expressing what you see
– Self-introductions
– Greetings

#1-2 Practicing hand movements
– Expressing numbers
– Expressing time

#1-3 Practicing expressions of degree
– Expressing extent/intensity
– Expressing food flavors

#1-4 Learning about deaf culture
(1) Deaf people’s and hearing people’s sense of time

#2 Describing yourself

#2-1 About NMM (non-manual markers)
– Using the eyebrows, mouth and shoulders

#2-2 Expressing pastimes and things you like
– Sports
– Seeing art/performances
– Beverages

#2-3 Expressing “yes” and “no”
– Hand movements and replies

#2-4 Learning about deaf culture
(2) Characteristics of conversation between deaf people and hearing people

#3 Describing Work

#3-1 Expressing occupations and responsibilities (1)

#3-2 Expressing occupations and responsibilities (2)

#3-3 Assisting at a ticket counter or reception counter

#3-4 Learning about deaf culture (3) Communication with deaf people 1

#4 Learning Expression with Classifiers (CL)

#4-1 Communicating what you saw

#4-2 Expression with classifiers (1)

#4-3 Expression with classifiers (2)

#4-4 Leaning about deaf culture (4) Communication with deaf people 2

#5 Points

#5-1 Error-prone or difficult finger shapes

#5-2 Expressing depth and thickness with fingers

#5-3 Appropriate sign language usage according to TPO (Time, Place, Occasion)

#5-4 Differences in communication between deaf people and hearing people

Participation fee

Free (Please pay your own communications costs.)

Target viewers

– People involved in art project management who wish to improve their skills in sign language and other types of physical language
– People who wish to reinforce their skills in explaining projects and communicating smoothly


Project Coordination Division,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-8435(Weekday 10:00-18:00)


Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)