Program Directors: Bonnie McIntire and Debbie Gessinger
What is American Sign Language (ASL)? Some would say that it's a language of the Deaf. Some would say that it is a language of a community, which consists of diverse Deaf and hearing people. Numerous people in North America enjoy communicating in American Sign Language, just like many others who also enjoy communicating in English and other spoken languages.
ASL Week offers adults an opportunity to keep improving their ASL skills. The week includes three different levels of instruction: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. (Beginning level students must complete a basic ASL course prior to coming to the program.) Topics will include ASL vocabulary, receptive and expressive skills, fingerspelling, use of classifiers, referencing, verbs, and insights on linguistics and Deaf culture.
Please come prepared to remain silent from Sunday to Friday, using ASL to communicate in class sessions and at meals. Breaks for swimming, sailing, hiking, evening sign games and skits round out the five hours of class time.