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Kenyan Sign Language 96 Hours per Level

Learn Kenyan Sign Language with KIFLAPS.

Course Information

  • Course Price Kshs 30,000/$300
  • Location Physical and Online
  • Level of Study Basic (Beginner)
  • Available Programs Intensive
  • Course Start Enrollment Ongoing


Introduction to sign language

Kenyan Sign language (KSL) is a visual gestural language used by the Deaf in Kenya for communication. Every country has its own Sign language, for example Kenyan Sign Language, American Sign Language, Ugandan Sign Language, Chinese Sign Language among others.
Deaf culture is a set of social beliefs, behavior, art, literary, traditions, history, values, and shared institutions of communities that are influenced by deafness and which use sign language as the main means of communication.


  • 1. Finger-spelling the alphabetical letters
  • 2. Finger-spelling proper nouns and simple words.
  • 3. Days of the week indicate growth
  • 4. Past Tense
  • 5. Present Tense
  • 6. Future Tense
  • 7. Respond to “wh-“ questions
  • 8. Apply the use of to “wh-“ questions
  • 9. Describe yes and no questions
  • 10. Recognize the use of location
  • 11. Apply pointing and possessive pronouns my/mine, his/hers/he/she
  • 12. Recognize the uses of classifiers use classifiers to demonstrate common nouns and verbs ,e.g. car, person, run, jump, drive
  • 13. Sign about personal experiences
  • 14. Observe a message in which appropriate sentence structure is used
  • 15. Sign a story using appropriate sentence structure
  • 16. Sign short sentences of 3-5 signs using proper sentence structure ( object-subject-verb)
  • 17. Indicate the use of pluralization by adding a specific number sign to the noun, e.g. cat four
  • 18. Indicate the use of pluralization in Namibian Sign Language by duplicating the sign with movement, e.g. person/people)
  • Topic 1: Deaf identity
  • 19. Relate to his/her own identity, e.g. deaf or hearing and that other family members may not be deaf or hard of hearing
  • 20. Identify each other through pointing
  • 21. Show own sign name and that of a group
  • 22. Assess which is the dominant hand and which is the non-dominant hand.
  • 23. Identify each other through simply descriptions e.g. boy / girl
  • 24. Use basic attention getting strategies
  • 25. Show the signing space
  • Topic 2: Deaf identity
  • 26. Observe a deaf story and draw a picture about it
  • 27. Observe deaf stories and identify the characters
  • 28. Narrate deaf stories
  • Topic 3: Eye contact
  • 29. Demonstrate how to use eye contact while communicating with others
  • Topic 4: Taking turns
  • 30. Observe without interrupting
  • 31. Show when to give another person a chance to talk
  • Topic 5: Awareness of Deaf Literature
  • 32. Discuss stories about Deafness
  • 33. Discover the moral and cultural values in stories

This training develops observation skills; observe and understand a variety of signed texts; observe and answer content questions; sign picture stories in sequence; sequence pictures of a story; observe instructions and respond appropriately; develop vocabulary.


  • 1.Expression
  • 2.Communication
  • 3.Manual Alphabet
  • 4.Hand Shapes
  • 5.Non-manual features
  • 6.Time
  • 7.Locations
  • 8.Pointing Possessives (Pronominalization)
  • 9.Classifiers (Nouns and Verbs)
  • 10.Sentence construction

Socio-cultural Knowledge:

    In a scenario where you are interacting with a person with an hearing impairment, Kenyan Sign Language is an effective mode of communication in a vibrant and useful approach. KSL is likewise the utmost mode of creating understanding and consciousness to the Deaf culture. In Kenya alone, we have a society of hearing impaired of at least 800,000 individuals.

    Knowledge of KSL lets you understand the rich Deaf culture and what entails the Deaf community while still engaging a robust system of communication that will complement your affiliation with others.