American Sign Language taught in an interactive high school setting. Focus on conversational skills and vocabulary building through sharing information about ourselves and areas of interest. Grammar use in conversation context, with support strategies to improve conversation interaction, will help students develop skills in ASL syntax. Topics include; Deaf culture, basic vocabulary, perspective, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, and terminology. This class is an immersion class to develop skills in communication using ASL, thus the class and dialogs will be done utilizing a ‘voice off’ policy during specific periods. Learning to communicate using body language, gestures, facial expressions, and signs is critical to both comprehension and expressive skills in ASL. A focus on learning about Deaf culture & history is stressed to form a better understanding of the people that make up Deaf Culture. Deafness is a cultural idenity, not a matter of hearing loss.
My background is in Deaf Education and I have taught in public schools since 1973. I love teaching ASL and this is the third year of offering ASL at La Conner High School. For the 2018-2019 school year we have two ASL I classes, with 19 students each, and one ASL II class offered.