Signing Exact English

Signing Exact English (SEE) is a sign language system that is based on signs drawn from American Sign Language (ASL) and is expanded with articles, prepositions, pronouns, affixes, tenses, and finger-spelled words to visually represent the English language. SEE is most often used with deaf children in educational settings.

Courses Offered at WSU

CSD 260 Signing Exact English I
Introduction to the theory and use of Signing Exact English (SEE) as a means of communication with the hearing impaired. Independent outside practice is necessary to facilitate skill.

Note: Students with previous experience in Signing Exact English may request to take CSD 260 by examination. Review the CSD 260 Credit by Examination Procedure (pdf file) prior to scheduling an appointment with the examiner. The cost is $45.

CSD 360 Signing Exact English II
An advanced class in the theory and use of Signing Exact English (SEE) as a means of communication with the hearing impaired. Emphasizes vocabulary and interpreting skills. Prerequisite: CDS 260

CSD 460 Signing Exact English III
Intermediate level course designed to increase expressive, receptive and voiced vocabulary in Signing Exact English and increased use of visual features of signed languages. Production techniques, self and peer analyses and skills pursuant to Kansas standards for Interpreters in Educational Settings are applied. Prerequisite: CDS 360.

Sign Language Interpreter Certification

The Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH), which is part of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is the certifying agency for interpreters in Kansas. All working interpreters, regardless of experience, must be registered with KCDHH and take the Kansas Quality Assurance Screening (KQAS) to be certified. For details about the KQAS testing process, go to www.dcf.ks.gov/services/RS/Pages/KCDHH/KQAS.aspx.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do some parents and educators think SEE should be used to teach English to kids?

Putting a sign to the language that a hearing parent already uses is much faster than learning a whole new language. Parents are primary educators of young children, so the sooner parents learn to sign, the sooner their children can be exposed to language, and less time is lost in those formative years of cognitive development.

Why do some classroom teachers learn SEE?

Educators, whether they are teachers, tutors, paraprofessionals, or parents, are using sign language as a teaching tool. Students can benefit from using the visual cues of sign language, reinforcing information by movement, or the added challenge of learning another creative way to express themselves.

What about children who have some hearing?

With the child who has some useable hearing, sometimes supported with hearing aids, FM Systems, cochlear implants, or just someone who has lip reading skills, the use of SEE supports the vocal input and can provide a more complete message.