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1/11/11

Chinese Lessons for Deaf Japan


The letter C   指文字 C             photo from deafjapan.com


On 10th January, We Are One conducted the first trial Chinese lesson for members of Deaf Japan. Deaf Japan is a non-profit organizattion that provides a platform for the deaf community to gather with various events and activities. It is headed by Danny who is a CODA (children of deaf adults). One of his goal for Deaf Japan is to make sign language cool. 


It is a very interesting and fresh experience for me to conduct Chinese lessons for deaf students. Although they may not be able to hear, they are nonetheless interested to know the pronunciation of the Chinese characters. Hence, I need to give the Katakana together with the pinyin on top of each characters. 

I must admit that I do not know any sign language at all, and I thought I could only give the explanation by writing in Japanese on the white board. However, to my surprise, I was able to communicate a fair bit by using hand signs and body languages, despite that fact that they were not at all correct sign languages. Luckily, one of the students, Yamawaki-san who is non-deaf was able to help me communicate with the rest as an interpreter. 

 photo from deafjapan.com

By the end of the session, I was glad that not only the students had gained some knowledge about Chinese from me, I also picked up a couple of sign languages such as saying "thank you" both in Japanese and American sign languages. 

The Chinese lesson at Deaf Japan is held every Monday from 8pm to 9pm. Whether you are a deaf person or not, you are welcome to join us. After all, We Are One aims to bring people of difference background together, recognize, share and learn from one another. I must say that
We Are One has moved another step forward towards the We Are One Spirit.




Basic Mandarin Lesson for Deaf Japan

Lesson content
1     Focus on useful everyday Mandarin that native Chinese speakers use, including slangs.
2     Covering topics such as newest trend, technology, traditional & pop culture, global issues which are up-to-date and interesting, enable students to gain additional knowledge besides the language.
3     Student participation during lesson to enhance effective learning.
4     Additional materials including notes, recommendation to online materials etc.

Venue: 
Deaf Japan
大阪市中央区常盤町1-4-3 
東本町センタービル302
デフジャパン

Every Monday 8pm to 9pm

Fees for 4 lessons per month:
Mandarin
¥12000
6 students
60 min
One-to-one
¥20000
1 students
60 min
Kids class
50% off for parents accompanying the child
Kids
¥7000
6 students
45 min
Elementary
¥8000
6 students
60 min
Jr. High
¥9000
6 students
60 min
High sch
¥10000
4 students
60 min
One-to-one
¥16000
1 students
60 min

Materials:
Text book, workbook, printed materials 7000yen per annum

Registration: 
Please send the following to we.are.one.japan@gmail.com
  1. Name
  2. Mobile or PC email address

About the Instructor
Tong (Chinese)

Tong is a Singaporean Chinese whose native languages are English, Mandarin and Cantonese. He runs Chinese courses (www.djhchinese.com) in Singapore. He has been teaching English and Mandarin for the past 7 years in both Singapore and Japan. His students include expatriates from all over the world as well as Japanese. He is experienced in teaching adults to help them achieve their various language objectives such as for work and business. He is also passionate in teaching young children, allowing them to enjoy lessons in a fun filled setting while setting a strong foundation for the language. Tong considers himself a cosmopolitan as he has obtained his JLPT 1 10 years ago in high school and attained intermediate level French after studying in France for over half a year. Tong is also the Program Director of We Are One International (www.weareonejapan.blogspot.com), a volunteer group that connects international-mined people in Kansai by organizing various events and activities every month. 


コンセプト


語学コース
  1. 手話で習う初心者の中国語
授業の内容
1.        日常中国語に焦点を当てネイティブスピーカーが使うスラングを含む中国語のレッスン
2.        旅行やビジネスなどのシチュエーションに合わせて使えるレッスン
3.        最新のニュースやテクノロジー、文化や国際問題などの興味あるトピックを用 い、語学に加えて使える知識も共に学べるレッスン
4.        生徒参加型の積極的なレッスン
5.        授業に使うノートやファイル、オンラインの教材は授業料に含まれます


場所
Deaf Japan
大阪市中央区常盤町1-4-3 
東本町センタービル302
デフジャパン

毎週月曜日 8pm ~ 9pm

Fees for 4 lessons per month:
中国語
¥12000
6
60
マンツーマン
¥20000
1
60
キッズクラス
(親子で参加すると保護者の方は50%引)
幼児
¥7000
6
45
小学生
¥8000
6
60
中学生
¥9000
6
60
高校生
¥10000
4
60
キッズマンツーマン
¥16000
1
60

教材:
教科書、ワークブック、ノート資料、年間7000円

Registration: 
下記の情報を we.are.one.japan@gmail.comまでお送り下さい。
  1. 名前
  2. 国籍
  3. 連絡先、メールアドレス
講師について
Tong 唐、トン)中国語

中国系シンガポール人。母語は英語、北京語、広東語の3つ。過去7年間シンガポールと日本で英語、北京語を教える。今まで教えてきた生徒は1つの国にとどまらず、世界各地から来た人達と様々である。教えてきた生徒は大人が多く、彼らの仕事やビジネスに必要な語学力を高めるために貢献してきた。また子供の生徒に教えることも積極的で、子供の時期に重要な語学の基礎を築くためにも楽しさあふれるレッスンを行ってきた。高校生の時に日本語検定1級を取得、また約半年フランスを勉強した後、中級レベルのフランス語も習得する等国際的である。最近ではWe Are One International (www.weareonejapan.blogspot.com)という、関西を中心に国際的なマインドを持つ人々をつなぐために様々なイベントや活動を行う、ボランティアグループのプログラムディレクターとしても活動している。

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