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Practice: Encountering sign language (Online course (5 sessions in total))

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  • Others

This is an online course for learning the basics of communication in sign language, using the video-based program “Encountering Sign Language: sign language course for people engaged in art projects” as teaching material.
Instructors and participants will come together online to learn signed conversation, reviewing individual learning with the video teaching materials. The course will also touch on deaf culture, including differences in communication between deaf and hearing people.

*Participants are requested to prepare for study by watching the video material in advance before participating.
*For a limited time, we plan to share a video recording of the online course as video-based revision material for course participants only.
*This program will be conducted in Japanese

Course details

1. Learning basic expressions in sign language
Self-introduction, expressing time and numbers, degree (expressing extent/intensity)
Schedule: Thursday, September 1, 2022 20:00 – 21:30

2. Describing yourself
NMM (non-manual markers), interests and preferences, expressing “yes” and “no”
Schedule: Thursday, September 9, 2022 20:00 – 21:30

3. Describing work
Expressing occupations and responsibilities, assisting at reception/the ticket counter(buying/selling)
Schedule: Thursday, September 15, 2022 20:00 – 21:30

4. Learning Expressions with Classifiers (CL)
Various classifier expressions for communicating what you saw,
Schedule: Thursday, September 22, 2022 20:00 – 21:30

5. Understanding error-prone points
Difficult finger shapes, sign language and TPO (Time, Place, Occasion), differences in communication between deaf and hearing people
Schedule: Thursday, September 29, 2022 20:00 – 21:30

Participation fee

7,500 yen (5 sessions in total)


Around 10 persons (on a first-come-first-served basis)


– People who want to practice sign language conversation using the sign language they learned in the video program
– People who want to understand and learn about deaf culture, and to be able to hold conversations in basic sign language
– People who want to leverage their knowledge of sign language and deaf culture in aspects of art project management such as reception and public relations.

How to apply

The number of application reached the capacity and the registration is now closed.

Please apply using the special form.

Application deadline
Tuesday, August 23 2022, 17:00
(Payment deadline is 15:00 on Tuesday, August 30)

*Advance reservation required.

Points to note
*Schedule and details are subject to change.
*After payments have been made, we are unable to give refunds for cancellations.
*Your personal information will be used only to send you information from the organizer about this event.
*Organizers will take measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.
*Records in the form of photographs and video taken during the program will be used for program operations and PR.


Yumiko Kawai (Actor/sign language and physical expression workshop instructor)

Sign language interpreting
Yuko Setoguchi (sign language interpreter)

Planning: Tae Yoshihara (Art Manager/Art Director)
Operations: Akihide Saito (Photographer)


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


Online (Zoom)


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