UCT hosts Sign Language seminar

08 October 2019 | Story Supplied. Photo Je’nine May. Read time 2 min.
Staff learn sign language during a six-week pilot course on South African Sign Language in 2018.

The 2019 South African Sign Language Interpreting in Higher Education Seminar hosted by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Office for Inclusivity and Change (OIC) and Disability Service will take place on campus this month.

The event will highlight the practice and relevance of Sign Language interpreters' ethics, and will touch on practitioners’ experiences in the higher education sector. The jampacked programme starts at 08:00 on Monday, 21 October.

UCT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation, Professor Loretta Feris, will open the event with the official welcome. Several speakers from leading universities from across South Africa have also confirmed their attendance, including Natasha Parkins-Maliko from the University of the Witwatersrand and Vicki Fourie from the University of Stellenbosch Language Centre.

The seminar will take place at the Centre for African Studies in the Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building in the Engineering Mall on upper campus, and is expected to cover:

  • how Sign Language interpreting has evolved in the higher education sector
  • the governance of Sign Language interpreting in higher education
  • the relationship between the Sign Language interpreter, the Deaf student and the department/faculty
  • lecturer interaction with Deaf students and Sign Language interpreters in the teaching and learning environment
  • the importance of a code of ethics for Sign Language interpreters
  • code of ethics and transformation.

For more information on the event or to RSVP, please email disabilityservice@uct.ac.za.

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