American Sign Language
ASL 1-2 & ASL 3-4
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I will be bringing in an all-new look into the world of the Deaf community, learning about Deaf history, and getting educated about devices they use in everyday life. Students will learn about the different types of jobs and places you could use sign language by doing a research project on these. We will learn about famous Deaf people, and will be learning a vast amount of signs to be able to competently converse with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community along with peers in and out of class!
We will be playing a ton of games to reinforce the language learning standards that are important to learning a new language, and I hope, at the end of the year, to get you all to fall in love with the culture and language like I have! Please bring an open mind, a yearn to learn and excitement to learn this visual language offered at the only school in the entire district! That makes this program and all the students in this class even more unique and special! We will use in-class participation to increase our use of sign language, and present as small groups to the whole class.
In ASL 1-2 we will have "NO VOICE" days a few days a week. We will concentrate on Fingerspelling, and Numbers along with the building of vocabulary to have a simple conversation with a deaf or hard of hearing person. But in ASL 3-4 it will be more often, maybe the entire time, and there will be more long form signing, deeper conversations and higher level signing bordering on interpretation with music, plays, stories, etc!
It is of the upmost importance to learning a new language to get your brain to retain the new language that we use signing as often as possible and we really want to build that part of our memory, so this will be an important part of showing up and participating in classes!
I look forward to increasing your knowledge, exposure to the community I am a part of and we will all learn, grow and have fun together! Welcome to American Sign Language at Deer Valley High School by Mr. Cromer!!!