American Sign Language is gaining acceptance as a foreign language and a cultural experience. With over 160,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing people in Arizona, and a few million across the United States, the population group represents five to seven percent of the population. Some homeschool students take sign language in junior high or high school to fulfill the foreign language requirement for college admissions, instead of French or German or Chinese. There are a variety of reasons for engaging in this communication of hands and expressions:
- To fulfill foreign language credits for college entrance
- To communicate with deaf family or friends
- To understand and/or work with the deaf community
- As an art form for personal or corporate creative expression
Arizona Friends in Sign is a group of three young ladies in their teens, Becca, Ashley and Ariana. They have a combined 22 years of sign language learning and teaching experience, with goals of continuing to work in the deaf community. Ariana and Ashley are homeschooled and desire to share their skills with the homeschool families in the Phoenix area.
Members of the group can fit into four skill categories, each with more challenging expectations. Beginners with no experience are welcome (Level A), and can move to Level B. The third level is Internship in which the students learn to teach the language and choreograph movements to songs. Advanced students move into Leadership with greater responsibilities and must be able to translate a variety of songs with a greater range of vocabulary.
AZ Friends in Sign
We are accepting new members for our performance group for the 2011/2012 season. If your child has the desire and ambition to learn a unique and beautiful language by learning to sign to music, then this would be a great opportunity. NO SIGN LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE NEEDED.
Location: I-17 & Peoria, Phoenix
Day & Time: Every Thursday, 6:30pm to 7:45pm (August 18, 2011 to December 15, 2011)
Please visit our website at: www.azfriendsinsign.org
Complete the Contact Us Page
Deadline for registration: August 5, 2011, space is limited
Sign language interpreters are in demand and have many career options available to them. Just as with any second language, this skill can open doors for a worker in any field. Key occupations include:
- Sign language interpreter
- Deaf education
- Working with special needs populations
- Interpretive dance
Classes with Arizona Friends in Sign can be a fun way to see if American Sign Language touches your heart and ignites your passion.
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