ASL 3: A Silent ClassThis is a rigorous course that fulfills the requirements for high school credit towards a foreign language. In Sign Language 3: A Silent Class, students will further develop their ASL proficiency and dive deeper into deaf culture and history. They will learn more about the role of the interpreter in the community, especially the role of interpreting in a church setting. This course has a goal of developing receptive and expressive ability, that allows recognition and demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL), each class meeting will be silent (using only Sign Language to communicate). Students will also work to increase fluency and accuracy in finger spelling and numbers. Sign 3 is focused on interpreting - both Sign to English and English to Sign. This is an active course where students learn through doing, and being active. Siblings and friend groups are encouraged to take the class together, so they can practice with each other. Friendships form within the class as students get to know each other through conversation and interaction. The applications of Sign Language are unlimited, and whether students dive deeper into learning and follow a path of working with folks who are hearing impaired, or whether they stop with taking a couple of semesters in school, and learn just enough to communicate on a basic level, they will be enriched through the study of a language that engages the mind and the body. If your student has studied sign language elsewhere, I will be glad to assess his or her current skills and determine which class would be the best fit.
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