Queer ASL Workshops in Nov 2017

Queer ASL focuses on introducing basic American Sign Language and Deaf culture to queer & transgender learners in Vancouver, BC. This involves learning the alphabet, finger-spelling, facial expressions, vocabulary, and grammar structures. At home, students access homework videos that feature the local queer signing community and a collection of Deaf culture information such as identity politics, cultural norms, history, current topics and issues, etc. The courses have a voice-off policy in order to both be respectful of signing spaces and to immerse ourselves in a signing environment. People who complete Queer ASL classes are able to carry basic conversations with signing queer folks and have a better understanding of the deaf/signing community.

 

In Novemver we are trying something different by instead of having an 101 & 102 course that has 8 classes – we are breaking them into 5 workshops. You can opt to only take a couple workshops, or do the entire run. If you have taken 101 and/or 102 before but feel like you could use some extra practice on a specific topic, feel free to register for the workshop that focuses on that topic.

 

Our 101 workshops will focus on:

Workshop #1: You will learn about Deaf culture, history, community, and an introduction of ASL. The first half of this workshop will be ASL – English interpreted and the second half will be voice off.

Workshop #2: You will learn about yes/no questions and identifying others on top of learning a variety of vocabulary such as colours, clothes, actions, etc. This workshop will be entirely voice off.

Workshop #3: You will continue to learn about asking yes/no questions and discuss likes/dislikes on top of learning a variety of vocabulary such as objects, hobbies, emotions, etc. This workshop will be entirely voice off.

Workshop #4: You will learn how to discuss language backgrounds and identifying people & giving in depth information about them on top of learning a variety of vocabulary such as languages, food & drinks, etc. This workshop will be entirely voice off.

Workshop #5: You will learn how to discuss where we grew up & currently live and learn a variety of new vocabulary related to these two topics and do an overall review of what we have learned in all our workshops. This workshop will be entirely voice off.

Please keep in mind that if you have plans to join our 102 course in the future, you will need to complete all five workshops.

 

Our 102 workshops (all voice-off) will focus on:

Workshop #1: You will do an overall review of what you learned in 101 through getting-to-know each other games & activities.

Workshop #2: You will learn about contrastive grammar structure through discussing our our living situations on top of learning a variety of vocabulary such as housing, relationships, pets, etc. We will learn some queer relationship vocabulary as well.

Workshop #3: You will start to learn about time grammar structure and discussing ages, sibling rankings, and families on top of learning a variety of vocabulary such as ages, relationships, locations, numbers, etc.

Workshop #4: You will continue to learn more about time grammar structure through discussing daily, weekly, monthly activities on top of learning a variety of vocabulary such as local activities, calendar signs, etc.

Workshop #5: You will learn about topic + comment structure & directional verbs on top of learning a variety of vocabulary that contribute to the two topics above. There will be an overall review of what we have learned in our 102 workshops as well through activities.

Please keep in mind that if you have plans to join our 103 course in the future, you will need to complete all five workshops.

 

A bit more about Queer ASL Workshops:

  • Our workshops taught through using powerpoints, videos, demonstrations, dialogue practice via partners and groups.
  • Each workshop is 3 hours long with a 15 minute break about halfway through.
  • We suggest a sliding scale donation of $15 – $50 per workshop.
  • There will be homework after each workshop.
  • Classroom is voice-off at all times (other than the first 101 workshop)
  • Access & location information.

Check out what Queer ASL is and why we need Queer ASL for more information.