American Sign Language

0CCA6B49-EC67-45D9-AFB2-D0AB23A495BBAbout a third of the students in the first aid and CPR course we completed over the summer were, as my older daughter and I are, employed by schools. The instructor remarked that, like the certification we earned that afternoon, basic ASL skills are also a terrific asset to educators, both in emergency situations and in the classroom. Naturally, then, when the local college posted a fall course schedule that included a four-semester sequence of ASL classes, it seemed like one of those serendipity / synthesis / synchronicity moments, and we enrolled.

The required text for the class is A Basic Course in American Sign Language; I picked up the optional workbook and DVDs from the series, too. Knowing that we appreciate having several delivery options when we study, my younger daughter, who began learning ASL from a college friend last year, recommended Sign School (which her friend played a large role in developing) and the American Sign Language Dictionary app.

While my daughters use their skills regularly, the older in her work and the younger to communicate with her friend, my husband (who also decided to take the class) and I don’t have an immediate need for ASL. Both of us have been teaching fingerspelling, however: he to his colleagues and I to my students. I have also taught my students several signs, including AWESOME, SURPRISED, and INTERESTING.

Perhaps it goes without saying, but the fact that, even now, we are still engaged in a version of the family-centered learning project is so motivating. Bonus: My study group lives with me or is only a FaceTime call away!

One thought on “American Sign Language

  1. I started losing my hearing in my twenties thanks to a congenital defect. I worked around heavy and loud office machines for years, which increased the speed of my hearing loss. I now have hearing aids in both ears but am told that I will most likely be deaf eventually. The hearing loss is greatly slowed by the aids, but they won’t stop it all together.

    I say all that to say that I too have started learning ASL. I don’t want to wait until I MUST know it before I begin to learn it. It’s possible that I won’t lose my hearing until I am very old, should I live long enough to become very old, but even so, I would like to know how to communicate with others in this way.

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