Friday, September 28, 2018

Learn Sign Language with Starbucks Bangsar Village 2

Wouldn't it be cool to actually learn sign language?

Now you can do that at Starbucks Bangsar Village 2. Starbucks, in partnership with the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID), developed the Outreach Community Program to enhance Deaf livelihood and enrich customers through a series of free workshops held throughout the year at Starbucks Bangsar Village II. There are currently three types of workshops that you can participate in : the Personal and Professional Development Workshop, the Deaf Empowerment and Awareness for Youth workshop, and the Signing Workshop.

These workshops hope to help the Deaf community develop their soft skills to prepare them for employment, and to also provide free Sign Language Classes for the public so that customers can learn to communicate with the deaf and understand deaf culture.

These sign language classes, or Signing Workshops, are held six times every quarter with upcoming workshops to be held on Saturday, 22nd September and Saturday, 29th September. Syllabus within these workshops include common sign language such as everyday expressions, action words, people and relationships, food and beverages, and many others.

In addition to the Signing Workshop, there is also the Deaf Empowerment and Awareness for Youth Workshop which engages youth from deaf schools and institutions on life saving and financial tips, including topics related to Cybercrime, Introduction to Financial Planning and SAVEME 999 Deaf. Meanwhile, the Personal and Professional Development Workshop helps the deaf community develop soft skills, such as work ethics, teamwork and career attributes including professional writing, coding and web development, amongst others, to help the deaf community prepare for employment.

This interactive learning experience provided through these workshops brings together Starbucks partners (employees), persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, the neighborhood community, individuals and many more to learn more about sign language. Through these signing workshops, the mission of being performance driven through the lens of humanity resonates strongly at the Starbucks Signing Store as it empowers the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community an opportunity of equal rights and access to information and communication.

If you would like to participate in a signing workshop, kindly email to sign up. For more information, please visit the Starbucks Malaysia website at

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