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Winkshop - Making the English Tangible in ASL

  • UNCG School of Education Building, Room 118 1300 Spring Garden Street Greensboro, NC, 27412 United States (map)
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Winkshop - Making the English Tangible in ASL

Presented in partnership with:

Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.

Midstate Committee of NCRID

University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Interpreter Preparation Program

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Course Description:

 Open to the community and all working interpreters, regardless of certification.

Have you ever received feedback that you should "show" more, and "tell" less? This is excellent advice, but a bit hard to follow without further explanation. Picture a train...What do you see? Now ask a friend to picture a train and have them explain or draw what they first saw. Is it the same image you had? Most likely not. Everyone, regardless of culture and language, pictures things diferently in their heads. These variations in mental "seeing," or construal, help account for the wide rande of communication and language use we encounter every day.

This workshop applies visual-spatial techniques in order to better produce visual language. ASL has more than simple lexical signs and fingerspelling, which make up the “tell” options. Some of the “show” options come in the form of depiction. Depiction is a topic that has made quite a stir among researchers in ASL linguistics. It includes depicting verbs, surrogation, partitioning, blending, affect, mouth morphemes, other non-manual signals, and networking. Using these aspects of ASL, interpreters can create clear and powerful ASL messages that create a bridge between consumers.

When we see how Deaf people developed ASL, and how it has evolved into the complex language it is today, we see much of that was due to their subjective knowledge and experiences. This workshop encourages participants to think about the objects and required actions in a sentence in order to formulate an ASL concept based on their experiential views of the world, and do so without imposing their own biases. This framework takes English and makes it tangible in ASL. *Presented in ASL*

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This workshop will carry .6 CEUs Professional Studies (PS) and are sponsored by NCRID. NCRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.
No partial CEU credit will be given for this workshop.
Participants should bring their RID member number in order to receive CEU credit.


**Workshop will be presented in ASL. For additional accomodations, please contact Kelle no later than 5 p.m. on April 14, 2016**

 All proceeds, after expenses, will go to Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be on your own from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. There are many restaurant options in the Student Center on Campus (approx. 2 blocks from School of Ed. Building). Workshop will resume from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck (parking fee included in registration price).  The School of Education Building is a short walk from the deck.  Please click here to visit the parking website at UNCG to read more.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Kelle Owens at 336-275-8878 ext. 7 or email at with any questions or concerns.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is not required but it attendees may want to have it in case.

What is the refund policy?

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. We must have your money in hand in order to reserve your space. *Refund policy: Requests for refunds must be made in writing to Kelle Owens at  Full refunds will be issued for requests made 10 days prior to the event. No partial refunds will be issued. 

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