Help students develop sensitivity towards the complexities of language structure and use;
Develop students’ understanding of the characteristic properties of languages that use the vocal-auditory channel (i.e. typical human language) and languages that use the manual-visual channel (i.e. sign language);
Enhance students’ linguistic awareness regarding language development, language acquisition, and bilingualism.
Equip students with methodological tools for the analysis of language structure, and for the empirical study on the dynamics of the teaching and learning process.