This course provides an introduction to Sri Lankan Sign Language (SLSL) for individuals who have
little or no prior knowledge of it. Students gain a fundamental appreciation for how signed
languages differ from spoken languages, with emphasis on their visual-gestural nature, requiring
students to use their eyes to take in linguistic information, and their hands, face and body to
convey linguistic information.
This course provides an immersive classroom experience: in it, students learn, through
demonstration and extensive practice, to recognize various visual grammatical features and
develop beginning-level vocabulary.