Queer ASL 103 is for people who have a little bit of experience with ASL. This course covers unit 7 – 9.5 of Signing Naturally curriculum which involves expanding on what we know about finger-spelling, facial expressions, vocabulary, grammar structures, and there is a big focus on learning storytelling. At home, students access video homework videos 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 103 are able to start having basic conversations with signing queer folks and a better understanding of the deaf/signing community.
A bit more about Queer ASL 103:
- The courses are taught through using powerpoints, videos, demonstrations, dialogue practice via partners and groups.
- Each class is 2.5 hours long with a 15 minute break about halfway through.
- Class happens once a week for a total of 8 sessions
- There will be 1-2 hours worth of homework weekly.
- Classroom is voice-off at all times.
- We are held at SFU Harbour Centre. You can reach the centre both via skytrain or various busses.
- The centre is fully wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair & gender neutral bathrooms available.
- Our classes are scent-reduced – we will provide information on how to come to class scent-free and have scent-free soap in the classroom.
- In class we sit in a half circle and our chairs have cushions – some with armrests and some without.
- If you have any allergies or specific access needs, please let us know.