Communication Skills Workshop

  • Four photos in collage of people at CSW

    Communication Skills Workshop (CSW) is an annual event over the entire month of July specifically for interpreters, professionals, and parents of deaf and hard of hearing children.

    CSW participants will have the opportunity to:

    • Improve their expressive and receptive signed communication skills
    • Interact with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing professionals 
    • Learn more about deaf culture and the deaf community
    • Be exposed to the difference between American Sign Language (ASL) and English Sign Systems 

    With 1:1 instruction combined with online learning coursework, participants will find the topics and activities challenging and fun! Instructors are deaf and hard of hearing professionals or highly qualified certified interpreters who hold BEI Level IV, V, or Masters certifications.

    Workshop topics and activities may include but are not limited to: 

  • ASL Grammar and Structure

    Deaf Culture

    Facial Grammar

    Sign Language Games

    CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English)     


  • Sign Vocabulary Building

    Mouth Morphemes

    Classifiers and Directionality

    Number Incorporation

    Conversational Strategies

    Use of Space


  • Discourse Analysis

    Deaf Humor

    Idioms and ASL Phrases

    Educational Vocabulary

    Sight Translations

    Code of Professional Conduct for Interpreters

  • Workshop Participation

    Communication Skills Workshop is made possible through grant funding and program support from the Texas School for the Deaf. Those interested can register for a CSW session as long as they come from one of the four listed categories.

    Click on each icon below to learn which group most closely fits you.

    Participation Categories

    Parents of deaf and hard of hearing children in PIP - grade 12

    Certified and Non-Certified Interpreters working in K-12 setting in Texas

    American Sign Language Teachers Deaf Education Professionals