MoRA looking to conduct workshops for cued speech

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Religious Special Education unit under Ministry of Religious Affair (MoRA) is planning to conduct a series of cued speech workshops for the public in the future.

Cued speech is an alternative means of communication for individuals who are deaf, have difficulties in hearing or have language disorders by using hand-shapes and placement, combined with mouth movements, in order to communicate.

Speaking to The Brunei Times recently, Assistant Head of Religious Special Education Hjh Normadiah Hj Bini said currently there are 36 teachers under the special education unit in MoRA, and while they do not have certified cued speech specialists in Brunei yet, they plan to train teachers in the field and conduct cued speech workshops in the future.

“As of now we don't have workshops open to the public yet, but we are focusing on enhancing the cued speech skills of our current special education teachers first. It is in our plans... InsyaAllah we will hold it in the future,” she said.

She said teachers from the special education unit are currently still trying to improve their cued speech skills by visiting cued speech centres abroad and by observing how cued speech specialists conduct their lessons at their respective centres.

This is so religious teachers can aid special needs students in performing their obligations while also bridging the gap between the deaf and the community.

Currently nine teachers from the special education unit under MoRA are undergoing a cued speech programme in Kuala Lumpur which seeks to enhance their skills so they can assist Bruneian students who are hearing and speech impaired to recite the Quran.

She said after their trip, the unit hopes to hold workshops for religious teachers across the sultanate to teach them cued speech based on what they had learned and observed during their visit to the Cued Speech Centre in Kg Pandan of Kuala Lumpur.

“Hopefully we will be able to conduct workshops in the future to improve the skills of other religious teachers on ways to further improve their lessons and to apply best practices when teaching special needs students,” she said.

She said there are currently 15 special needs students enrolled in religious schools in Brunei.

Hjh Normadiah added that with the cued speech workshops made available to the public in the future, Bruneians will be able to better communicate with the hearing and speech impaired.

The Brunei Times