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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Hold conversations with Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf people on an unfamiliar topic using South African Sign Language 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115813  Hold conversations with Deaf individuals and groups of Deaf people on an unfamiliar topic using South African Sign Language 
ORIGINATOR
SGB SA Sign Language and Sign Lang Interpreting 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Language 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Hold a conversation with one Deaf person on an unfamiliar topic; and
  • Hold a conversation with a group of Deaf signers, using South African Sign Language (SASL). 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Proficiency in the target language and proficiency in the level 4 SASL Additional Language standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    1. Deaf is capitalised when it refers to the Deaf community and Deaf culture, as opposed to deaf in lower case, which relates to audiological hearing loss.

    2. Deaf culture is defined globally as 'a way of life, a shared perspective, based on knowing the world primarily through vision' and includes the rules governing communication behaviour and social interaction within the Deaf community e.g. eye contact is maintained to allow conversation to proceed.

    3. The rules of SASL refer to those accepted by the South African Deaf community, for use in South Africa, and may include any or all of the following: grammatical, visual, social and cultural elements.

    4. Grammatical features may include but are not limited to:- spatial reference; sign formation including manual signs and non-manual features (parameters - handshape, movement, location, palm orientation and non manual features); non-manual and manual modification; all question types including yes/no, 'wh' and rhetorical questions; all sentence types including topicalisation and conditionals; number including quantifying sounds; pronouns; negation; classifiers; locative verbs; temporal aspects; idioms; compounds; numeral incorporation; eye gaze, negative sentences.

    5. 'wh' questions refer to questions containing the words who, what, where, when, why, which and how. Yes/no questions refer to those where the answer is yes or no.

    6. Unfamiliar topic refers to topics and settings which may be outside the personal experience of the learner but which have been introduced in the learning context, and which may contain signs or vocabulary that are unfamiliar to the person.

    7. For assessment purposes, the conversation should be for a minimum of four minutes. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Hold a conversation with one Deaf person on an unfamiliar topic, using SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Grammatical features used are consistent with the requirements of the communicative task and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vocabulary used is consistent with the requirements of the communicative task and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The discourse is consistent with requirements relating to conversing, including head nodding, affirmation and eye contact, within Deaf culture and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Strategies used for opening and closing the conversation are consistent with Deaf culture and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Conversation is maintained and responses given are consistent with the information received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The conversation is consistent with accepted rules for turn-taking. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Requests for repetition, clarification, and confirmation of the interpretation of information received are consistent with the requirements of the communicative task and Deaf culture and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Involvement in the conversation is sustained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Hold a conversation with a group of Deaf signers, using SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Grammatical features used are consistent with the requirements of the communicative task and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Vocabulary used is consistent with the requirements of the communicative task and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The discourse is consistent with requirements relating to holding an informal conversation within Deaf culture and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Strategies used for conversing with a group of signers are consistent with Deaf culture and the rules of SASL. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Responses given are consistent with the topic. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment will be governed by the policies and guidelines of the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) that has jurisdiction over this field of learning.

    The assessor will be registered with the appropriate ETQA and will be qualified in this learning area.

    The learner can be assessed against this unit standard to obtain credits or as part of an integrated assessment for a qualification. All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias. Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following knowledge is embedded within the unit standard, and will be assessed directly or implicitly through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the assessment criteria:
  • Requirements relating to conversing within Deaf culture;
  • Rules and vocabulary of SASL;
  • Deaf culture and the Deaf community. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others and in teams. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59429   National Certificate: Inclusive Education  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  20159   National Diploma: ABET Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Amaqamu Project Management and Consulting 
    2. Kula Institute 
    3. Letlhabile Institute Of Management and Training 
    4. Nsovo Learning Academy 
    5. Organisation Test 1 
    6. Professional Development and Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    7. Resonance Institue of Learning 
    8. SLED,Sign Language Education and Development 
    9. TMG Quality Services 
    10. Tshirologo Disability Training Services(Pty) Ltd 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.