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How To Learn Sign Language

New American Sign Language Course Opens at Stillwater Library

Hey, Cowboys! So I’m here tonight with Logan and Taylor And they’re going to tell us about their new American Sign Language class They have going on for the community. So, Hey, Logan! Hey, Taylor! What are some things you can Tell us about a little bit more About the class and just how it got started And what you think people will get From taking the class? Yeah, sure! So, this class is really based for the community It’s at the community library for anybody to come and take And when they come into the classroom, they will learn signs And really, it’s basic vocab We’re going to work on basic sentence structure And the main thing is to communicate with Deaf people Or Hard of Hearing people in the community of Stillwater And the benefits of it, for instance, if you work With Deaf or Hard of Hearing people or hang out with them Anywhere you go, you’re gonna have this skill And you’re going to have the basic vocab And it will help start conversations With Deaf or Hard of Hearing people So, what do you really think people will benefit From getting this class directly Have you seen it in a student’s life? Have you personally experienced it? What are some experiences that you have had? In my experience, really.. Like the people who attend this class They’re police officers. Or maybe they work for the fire department And they interact with Deaf or Hard of Hearing people And they don’t know what to do When they get these basic signs They’re able to communicate with these people Until they can request an interpreter for communication If you get pulled over Typically, police officers write their instructions But if officers learn these signs The communication could go more smoothly Especially if it’s serious, you can have an interpreter to communicate Some other benefits, for instance, learning another language Can make you smarter So, how do you think sign language compares to another foreign language? What are some things that are similar? The amount of practice time? Anything like that? Remember, sign language is more visual So, it takes time for hearing people to adjust to that Hearing people rely on hearing everything So, you have to make the switch to seeing everything And that’s what will help and you have to work on that And practice that One of the benefits is you have to be really quiet For me that’s a benefit But it’s also a challenge for them because it helps them understand That it takes time to rely on your visuals ASL is not common throughout the world ASL is only for AmSign Language in America And just like in America, we have English Other countries, like in Spain, they have Spanish Sign Language Japan has Japanese sign Language They have different sign language in their respective countries I honestly didn’t know that That’s really neat So, what does it take to start learning sign language? Do you have a special book that you have to get In order to take the class How many times do you have meet in order to get a fluent vocab? The book can be hard to see the signs Maybe you’re not sure if they’re moving correctly But when you go to the class That’s when you get the visual clear understanding And the perspective on it When I grew up My experiences, like becoming fluent The only way to really become fluent is be with Deaf Or Hard of Hearing People who sign Just taking classes, you will get the basics But when you’re finished, you can meet Deaf or Hard of Hearing people And you’re signs will become a lot better So, if our viewers would like to take the class Where do they go? What time? When do they meet? Every Monday Starts at 6:30 At the Stillwater Public Library Saphire: Is it for all ages? Logan: I think it’s above the age of 12 Logan: So, if you’re 12 and older, you can take the class Logan: It’s really open for every age Yeah, I learned how to spell my name tonight S-A-P-H-I-R-E I’m gonna do that every day now! For more information on the Introduction to ASL and Deaf Culture classes, Visit CAS.OKSTATE.EDU The classes are 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. From April 1st to June 3rd. Registration is free for the Deaf Culture class And $99 for early registration of the intro course

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