Throughout this semester I have had the opportunity to learn American Sign Language (ASL) for my #LearningProject. I have learned so much more than just how to sign. I learned a lot about the deaf community that I did not know before starting this journey. Although this course has come to an end I plan to continue working on my signing and learning new signs.
I decided to learn ASL for several reasons. The main reason I decided to learn ASL is because it has always been a thing on my bucket list and I am more than happy to finally check it off of my bucket list. Secondly, I wanted to learn ASL to be able to communicate with children who are hard of hearing or deaf. I feel like people who are hard of hearing or deaf are not always represented and learning to speak this language helps to create an inclusive environment for all. Lastly, I wanted to learn ASL to learn more about the deaf community. I have never been able to interact with the deaf community but after learning so much about it I have so much respect for what the deaf community stands for.
Throughout my #LearningProject I decided to use a vlog to show my progress throughout the semester. I did this because ASL is a visual language and to be able to communicate using ASL you need to be able to see the other’s hands and facial expressions. I also decided to keep my videos mute with subtitles because this is how people who are hard of hearing or deaf watch videos. I wanted people to experience what people who are hard of hearing or deaf do when they watch videos.
So, lets recap what I have done:
- “My Eye is My Ear. My Hand is My Mouth”
- I started off by learning my name and a few phrases.
- “ABC it’s Easy as 1-2-3”
- I jumped in full force and learned the alphabet and numbers from one to twenty.
- “Every Day is a New Day”
- I learned how to sign the days of the week and the months of the year.
- “Learning so Much More Than Colours and Clothes”
- The title speaks for itself. I learned how to sign colours and articles of clothing, but in the process, I also learned the importance of hand positions when signing.
- “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten”
- I learned the importance of family and the different signs there are for different family members.
- “Sign Language 101”
- I learned different verbs and more about the deaf community. I learned how people who are hard of hearing or deaf sign in the dark. I used the website Sign Language 101 and learned what it had to offer beginner signers.
- “Sign a Song”
- One of my biggest accomplishments was being able to sign a song from scratch. This took a lot of time and effort but after a lot of practice I finally accomplished it.
- “Where to Go Next?”
- This week I took it easy and went back to Sign Language 101 and learned directions.
- “Sharing My Knowledge With Others”
- I was able to share my learning with my sister. I went back to my first two learning blogs and I was able to teacher her how to sign her name and the alphabet along with a few phrases.
- “Teaching Students Who Are Hard of Hearing or Deaf”
- Lastly, I took my learning to the next level and researched about teaching students who are hard of hearing or deaf. I learned the difference between what it means to be hard of hear and deaf. I also leaned how to teach students who are hard of hearing or deaf and include them into the classroom.
I used several resources throughout my learning project such as:
- ASL Numbers 11-20 in Sign Language – Learn how to Sign Numbers
- ASL Days of the Week and Song
- How to Sign Months & January-December – Learn American Sign Language ASL
- ASL Colors and Clothes
- American Sign Language (ASL) Lesson: Family & PQRST
- ASL Family Signs
- Lesson 1 – Gestures & Body Language
- Lesson 8 – Verbs & Directions
- How I’m Learning Sign Language!
- Hutchinson, Nancy Lynn. Inclusion of Exceptional Learners in Canadian Schools: A Practical Handbook for Teachers. Pearson Canada Inc., 2017.