Outdoor School - Sign Language

Through dynamic lessons, students will build an understanding and appreciation of American Sign Language. We will focus on developing receptive and expressive skills and using these skills to communicate with peers and others in the deaf community. Students will also better understand and appreciate deaf culture and history. There will be an opportunity for one on one and small group lessons and projects, as well as for individualized projects.

Purpose

Being able to communicate in American Sign Language, understanding deaf culture and history, and starting to do basic interpreting/translating will empower students to communicate across the language barrier and open new horizons.

Students will learn to sign:

  • directions
  • fingerspelling
  • numbers, fractions, and percentages
  • questions
  • information about oneself
  • nationalities
  • colors
  • a long list of nouns
  • descriptions
  • emotions
  • food
  • cooking/baking signs
  • clothes
  • household items/rooms

Students will learn:

  • interpreting/translating.
  • deaf culture and history.
  • deaf-blind communication.
  • storytelling strategies.
  • Interpreting songs.

This course includes projects, a debate on cochlear implants. This course also intends to include lessons taught through games, activities, theatre/acting, and peer mentoring.

Process

The process is to teach in group activities using peer to peer feedback. This course is instructed mostly through the visual language of Sign Language. Students are immersed in the language and encouraged to immerse themselves in the culture.

Outcome

The outcome of this course is students should be able to communicate fluently in American Sign Language by the end of the course, with an in-depth understanding of Deaf culture