Communication Skills Workshop

  • Four photos in collage of people at CSW


    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

    Deaf Culture

    Facial Grammar

    Sign Language Games

    CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English)     

    Fingerspelling

  • 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

    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
    • Interpreter-Aides
    • American Sign Language Teachers
    • Deaf Education Teachers

    Participants are expected to attend and participate in all activities and workshops.

    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