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Crom's Workshops offered

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!

 

Many 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.

 

CREATING CLASSIFIERS

 

    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!

 

How 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.

 

Making Faces

 

ASL 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 exercises

 

ASL IDIOMS WORKSHOP CHAMP THAT . . . ME KISS-FIST

 

Learn 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.

Attendees 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.

 

 

Workshop DVD info coming soon