I have been an ASL interpreter for the past 15 years, 9 of which I have held national certification from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. On my linguistic journey, I wanted to share my passion for language and learning, and found myself teaching at the High School level. My students have inspired me with their enthusiasm, curiosity and motivation, and I have been having an amazing time teaching all four levels of High School (9th-12th grade; ASL I, II, III, IV).
ASL does not have a written form, as such, complete immersion and engagement with the language from Day One is the key to success in ASL acquisition. This means, my lessons and activities are: *Highly Immersive, *Require Students to have "Hands Up and Eyes Ready", *Pair Work and/or Group Work, *Engaging, Fun, and Purposeful Focused on the fundamentals (Still Fun!) Never "busy work"
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MA Anthropology with a focus in Linguistics from Cal State Long Beach; BA in Anthropology from Cal State Northridge; Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf NIC Certified
Languages are living museums. They embody a culture's values, history, and ways of perceiving the world; Each language peering through a different lens. Thus, learning a new language has the potential to open the minds of the student (no matter the age), allow students to think in completely new ways, and can open the door to unfamiliar cultures, different people and, hopefully, new friends. I would be thrilled for you to join me on this adventure! Time to start signing!