Diploma information


Diploma Examination

This is an examination to demonstrate that the candidate has a thorough knowledge of Paget Gorman Signed Speech and is competent to use it on a daily basis.
The candidate will be fluent in all aspects of the examination including common affixes, punctuation, numbers and money.
Diploma holders are qualified to act as examiners at First Award and certificate Level.
Tutors for an award should not also be the examiner for the same candidate.

What the candidate needs to learn

1. Vocabulary list for diploma level. Standard Hand Postures (including the relationship between them and the other signs).
2. All the Basic Signs.
3. To use the above signs fluently and confidently in sentences containing a variety of grammatical structures as shown on the vocabulary list.
4. To 'read' back signed sentences.
5. To interpret the instructions for unfamiliar new signs. (Learners are advised to practice initially with signs whose instructions begin with a SHP).
6. To consider the potential uses of the system with different groups of children and adults; and how to make a reasoned case for its use with particular groups.
7. To consider the ways in which teaching courses are planned and lessons presented.
8. To be familiar with the PGSS teaching manuals, and knowledge of other material currently available.
9. To be aware that new signs and amendments are issued from time to time, and how to access information about their availability.

At the examination the candidate is required to:

1. Sign all Standard Hand Postures correctly.

2. Sign all Basic Signs correctly.

3. Prepare, in advance, a passage of about 50 words to sign with confidence to demonstrate fluency.

4. Read a set of sentences signed by the examiner, at the rate of about 30 words per minute, and write them down.

5. Sign a given set of sentences provided at the exam within 15 minutes. (Ten minutes preparation allowed)

6. Read and accurately perform five unknown signs from the examiner’s list.

7. At least one oral question
a. To consider the potential uses of the System with different groups of children and adults; and how to make a reasoned case for its use with particular groups and/or
b. To consider the ways in which teaching courses are planned and lessons presented; and/or
c. Knowledge of the structure of the system.

N.B. Note also that the sentences to be written and signed may include more past participle forms and will be more searching in other ways.

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