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18 February 2009 @ 12:57 pm
American Sign Language Videos  
Every day after the kids go home these past couple of weeks, I've been teaching my friend, Yesenia, a little sign language, since she wanted to be able to communicate with our deaf kids better. We've both been having a good time with it, so I thought maybe I would extend the offer a bit. What I was thinking was doing a monthly video (maybe even making a community for it), with a theme, where I would show you signs that go a long with it and ways you can put those signs together in a sentence (a very basic ASL grammar lesson). I know it's something you could easily pick up a book and teach yourself, but there's only so much you can get from a book on sign movement and proper handshapes and sentence context. But, yeah, since I don't like making videos of myself, I figured I would ask if anyone is interested before I put myself on camera. Sooo...anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Poll #1351510 Learn American Sign Language with Robin

Would you be interested in me making videos once a month to teach sign language to all of you?

Absolutely I do!
Nah, not something I'm really interested in.
Would there be cake involved?
Other (respond in comments)

If the interest is there, and I do start making these videos, what would you like to learn?

Should I just post the videos here, or create a community?

Keep them on your journal
Start a community
Again I ask, will there be cake involved?
Neither, not interested in watching them in the first place.
Other (respond in comments)

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Jenny: QI - Ottersairbefore on February 18th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'd be very interested in a mini sign language class. I think that, perhaps, you should keep the videos on the journal at first just to give you time to work out the kinks and get comfortable with the process.
robinpoppins: 30 Rock: Liz Lemon!robinpoppins on February 18th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a good suggestion. Much better than jumping in there with a community. Thanks!
Jessica: OfficeJimGreatlukecanwaltz88 on February 18th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I love how you put "Absolutely I do" on your first poll...
robinpoppins: The Office: Hotel Hellrobinpoppins on February 18th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Is there really any other appropriate response?
jewelsverne: Giant Ellen Signjewelsverne on February 18th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Do itttttttttttt!

pink_hammer on February 19th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Love the idea, but since we use Auslan at home, it obviously wouldn't be much use for me.; You shuld totally do it though!
robinpoppins: GG: Lorelai huh?robinpoppins on February 19th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I totally want to learn AUSLAN. Maybe one day when I go to visit you, I can buy a book and teach myself a little, like I did with Mexican Sign Language. I know enough of that to carry on a conversation now.
hannah_annise: Funhannah_annise on February 19th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
I love this idea! I think for now you should just keep it in your journal - mainly because I'm more likely to miss it if you do a community lol, (I sort my friends page and SCPP is usually the first thing I look at, communites are last and get missed some days because I'm too busy) but as someone else suggested, perhaps you could build up to that, that would be cool.

It wouldn't let me put enough in the comments... I'd love some stuff I could teach the kids in my class... basics like "Hi, my name is..." or "how are you today..." etc... things they could use and practice.

Some signs that would help with management would be cool too... I already taught them "toilet" (I do know a little ASL because my mom's neighbour is deaf) so they can ask to go to the bathroom without interrupting - of course they forget but I keep trying! LOL I'd love some more things like that. Silent signals between Teacher and students.

Really anything you teach us will be useful and cool I'm sure. What a great idea Robin. Thanks