❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞ ‒Rita Mae Brown
I am currently in The Methods of Teaching class at Gallaudet and we had a lively discussion about how American Sign Language is defined in terms as a language and how the teaching of ASL is placed in the school systems; whether it is K-12 or at an university.
All of us know that ASL, in no doubt is a language. Period, no argument there.
I will get to the point in a minute or an hour, bear with me.
I am sure there are going to be some lively discussions; ASL is a natural American language, same as the Native Indian languages (they are native languages), which some are surviving and some which have gone extinct. I could go into details, but let us turn to the point of this post. I need, want and would LOVE to have your input...
At any university, college, high school or elementary schools, where should American Sign Language be placed under?
Modern Languages Foreign Languages World Languages Communication Disorders
I will have various links to various information relating to above. Feel free to respond to the post.
❝Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.❞
Previous posts: http://www.deaf-insight.com/8/post/2012/09/department-asl-which.html & http://www.deaf-insight.com/8/post/2012/10/asl-a-form-of-english-ha.html
Modern Language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_language
Foreign Language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_language
World Language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_language
Communication Disorders: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication_disorder
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.