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Who doesn’t see someone signing and think to themselves, “Wow, that’s so cool!  I’d love to learn that someday!”? Sign language IS a beautiful language, and as with any other foreign language it can help bring cultures together and lead us in appreciating the Deaf culture and the people that belong to it.

This class will begin at the beginning; however, it will increase in difficulty quickly. We will learn sentence types and sentence structure as well as hand shapes, classifiers, facial expressions, body expressions, loan signs, time, and much more. Students will study a new vocabulary list each week. This course will teach interpretation skills while also strongly emphasizing conversation skills.

Homework will consist of reviewing vocabulary, learning Deaf history and culture, and creating dialogue and stories with the weekly vocabulary. Occasional quizzes and an assignment at the end of each semester will evaluate students’ knowledge of the vocabulary and the various concepts taught throughout the semester.

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Note: Microphone and camera capability are a requirement for this dynamic class experience both in class and in use of the LMS. We do not recommend attending this course via phone or small tablet as students cannot see all the components well enough on small screens.

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A camera for class-time is required to be able see you signing the vocab and concepts during class. Also, a way to video yourself and upload that video to Canvas.

Deaf in America – Voices from a Culture by Carol Padden and Tom Humphries; ISBN: 9780674194243. (Used copies are fine!)

Kelli Mathews has loved American Sign Language and the Deaf community that communicates with it for more than 25 years. While living in the Ft. Lauderdale area, she interpreted professionally in her community as well as for a large Deaf ministry at her church for 12 years. Being involved in Deaf club, Deaf ministry, and Deaf people’s lives was a huge part of her life while living in Florida.

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