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I provide small group sign language classes in my home, designing classes in language acquisition and conversational fluency to strengthen students' ability to communicate in sign language. Learning sign language in a relaxed home environment conducive to developing interactional , personal conversational skills in American Sign Language(ASL). The most beautiful aspect of teaching sign language to hearing people is the sheer joy of helping to strengthen the communication fluency and interaction between the world of the hearing and the world of the deaf. That is the primary purpose of the classes, to increase the understanding of two cultures, the deaf culture and the hearing culture, through ASL as the primary mode of communication. I perform this service to enhance the lives of deaf and hearing people in the Washington metropolitan area. Everyone enjoys watching sign language and its beauty lies in its visual essence! What better way to embrace and acknowledge an unknown culture and increase one's social, emotional and mental well-being in the process? Learning sign language and about the deaf world is an exercise in love and understanding of valued members of our community here in Washington DC, home of the world-famous university for the deaf, Gallaudet .
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I ask $200 per student for a six week course fee. Classes are two hours in length per week.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?In first session, student needs, interests and preferences are discussed and a learning plan is made. The courses are developed based on student wishes.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I hold a Masters degree in Deaf Education. I have taught deaf students for over 40 years. I have taught sign language classes to children and adults for forty years. I have professionally interpreted as a sign language interpreter in the Washington DC metro area since 1990. Formerly a teacher of the deaf at Model Secondary School for the Deaf on Gallaudet University campus, where sign language was the primary mode of communication, followed by serving as a teacher of the deaf in Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern VA until I retired in 2014, and working as a professional sign language interpreter throughout my forty years of serving deaf youth gives me the expertise and passion to be an excellent language teacher to my students.