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.
The courses are taught through using powerpoints, videos, demonstrations, dialogue practice via partners and groups. All instructors are deaf and queer. Deaf queer guests (often folks featured in the homework videos) at times visit to provide additional perspectives and show students how we all have different signing styles. By having guests, this allows both signing queers and Queer ASL students become familiar with each other, thus building a bridge.
We generally have 3-4 cycles of classes per year. To keep an eye on upcoming classes, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list. Also, liking our facebook and keeping an eye on our events can be helpful.
Queer ASL 101 is for people who have no previous (or very little) experience with ASL. This course covers learning the alphabet, finger-spelling, introductions, likes & dislikes, languages, locations, and much more. At the end, students take turns telling an autobiography about themselves.
Queer ASL 102 is for people who have a little bit of experience with ASL. This course covers learning about activities, living arrangements, people, transportation, time grammar and much more. At the end, students share & discuss photos of their chosen families with each other.
Queer ASL 103 is for people who have a little bit of experience with ASL. This course exclusively focuses on ASL storytelling which involves learning about ASL classifiers, mouth morphemes, role shifting, and developing their storytelling skills. At the end, students take turns signing out a children story that they worked on through-out the course.
A bit more about Queer ASL:
- 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.
- We run on a sliding scale donation.
- There will be 1-2 hours worth of homework weekly.
- Classroom is voice-off at all times.
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