Communication Skills Workshop
Communication Skills Workshop (CSW) is a sign language immersion experience, offered in 3 one-week sessions during July. CSW participants are usually certified or non-certified 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
In small group classroom instruction or large group settings, participants will find the topics and activities challenging and fun! Instructors are deaf and hard of hearing professionals or certified interpreters. Certified interpreters are highly qualified, holding BEI Level IV, V, or Masters certification.
Workshop topics and activities may include but are not limited to:
ASL Grammar and Structure
Sign Language Games
CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English)
Sign Vocabulary Building
Classifiers and Directionality
Use of Space
Idioms and ASL Phrases
Code of Professional Conduct for Interpreters
Funding is provided through an IDEA-B discretionary grant through Educational Service Center 11 and program support from the Texas School for the Deaf. Due to the grant requirements, only the following individuals can participate in CSW:
- Parents of deaf and hard of hearing children in early childhood through grade 12
- Certified & Non-Certified Interpreters working in K-12 settings in Texas
- American Sign Language Teachers
- Deaf Education Teachers
Participants are expected to attend and participate in all activities and workshops.
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