All workshops* suitable for all levels, length of workshops flexible
*Except But I Don't Even Know it In English!- High level of fluency in ASL is necessary
I Need My Space!
people who use ASL find some difficulty with 3-D mapping, understanding when a signer’s point of view shifts, and where
to, and real-world orientation versus narrative mapping. This workshop will help
participants develop general tools for understanding, applying and using spatial classifiers, directional descriptions, real-world
and virtual descriptions of a particular environment or setting.
This is classifiers discussion and development- how to create new classifiers
for new images -- The use and variety of classifiers go beyond the standard ones taught in ASL classes- true fluency in ASL
includes the ability to create new classifiers that are syntactically correct, and the meaning of such new classifiers clearly
conveyed. Attendees will learn models for classifier creation opportunities, and how to think in 3-D/Visual linguistic
style, and a greater understanding of classifier use. Attendees will also learn how to describe actions and objects without
using standard ASL vocabulary or reliance on PSE.
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But I Don’t Even Know It in English!
do you interpret a surgical procedure if you’re not an intern? How do you interpret classic literature if you weren’t
an English major? How do you interpret computer lingo if you can’t even set the microwave clock? This workshop will
help participants develop general tools for dealing with specialized vocabulary, and to broaden the use of their already developed
skills to turn jargon into understandable and sign-able concepts.
grammar includes a great deal more than just sign vocabulary and placement. This workshop focuses on the use of facial expressions/mouthing
morphemes as a key linguistic tool in translating from English to ASL and vice versa, with plenty of examples and facial
ASL IDIOMS WORKSHOP CHAMP THAT . . . ME KISS-FIST
ASL idioms that are unique to the language and Deaf Culture,
how to identify and use ASL idioms within appropriate context, and
understand given ASL idioms and to translate/interpret them appropriately. In other words, LEARN BLAP DOUBLE-BRAIN!
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Don’t Freeze Up: Frozen texts and how to interpret them
Frozen texts are bodies of text that are firmly established in content, context, and tone,
leaving little room for creative interpretation. This workshop will provide you with the tools to identify frozen text, gain
the necessary vocabulary and background information, and to interpret the concept accurately in ASL while retaining a sense
of the text structure as it is written/spoken.
To ASL or not to ASL
Signing for Shakespeare requires a different style and presentation than signing for modern
theatre. This workshop is for those who would like to interpret Shakespearean
theatre and material, as well as other Elizabethan authors and playwrights.
will learn models for translating and interpreting Shakespearean material plus techniques and ways to hone skills which will
allow them be more expressive, to represent Shakespearean material more accurately. These techniques also help interpreters
in other work environments in terms of clarity, material translation and literature/drama class interpreting.
Getting Dramatic about Interpreting
Signing for the theater is a different style and presentation than signing for the classroom
or conversationally. This workshop is for those who would like to interpret for
theatre, or to sign with “stage presence”. Participants will learn techniques and ways to hone skills to that
will them be more expressive, and a more streamlined part of theatrical interpreting work. These techniques also help interpreters
in other work environments in terms of clarity, role assignment, and reducing lag time.
ASL for the 21st Century
Technology and media
are now beginning to shape how the English language develops, but it is also influencing American Sign Language (ASL) development,
by exposing the ASL community to viral video expressions of ASL in linguistic and artistic variations. Come and learn how
ASL for the 21st Century is evolving, and how to recognize it and incorporate it into your own knowledge and lexicon
of ASL, through observing several different videos and models of ASL shown during the presentation.