Enabling sign language instruction with technology: the case of developing a computerized learning tool for Ghanaian Sign Language (GhSL)

Ghanaian Sign Language (GhSL) is a developing language in the sense that not much is known about it within or outside Ghana. The fact that GhSL is closely-related to American Sign Language (ASL) means that, knowledge of ASL can help one communicate with the Ghanaian Deaf. However, there exist Ghanaian-specific signs that are not available in ASL. This paper presents the Ghanaian Interactive Sign Language (GISL) Tutor, the first computer-based tutor for GhSL designed to teach GhSL vocabulary of Ghanaian-specific signs. Ghanaians who tested the tutor during its iteration stage expressed that they want more Ghanaian signs to be available on the tutor. The purpose of the GISL Tutor is therefore to make Ghanaian-specific signs accessible to anyone interested in learning GhSL for reception and expression.
Thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, April 2012
Ghana, Ashesi University College, computer-based technology, Ghanaian sign language instruction, receptive/expressive learning, hand shapes, signing, fingerspelling