ASL instruction is an important component of our curriculum at The Learning Center the Deaf. Our students are bilingual and we provide opportunities for them to learn the vocabulary, grammar, structure, meaning, and rules of both ASL and English. In addition, we offer opportunities to study, analyze, and create stories, poetry, and literature in each language.
American Sign Language is a unique and separate language from English and in order to communicate effectively, students must study ASL just as they do English. We have three full-time ASL specialists who are Deaf and fluent in ASL and who are responsible for teaching all of our students American Sign Language.
In 2011 The Learning Center established the ASL Center located in the Kellogg House. The ASL Center is an important component of our daily campus life and our educational programming.
TLC's ASL Specialists teach ASL to deaf and hard of hearing students from kindergarten through 12th grade who are learning ASL as their primary language (referred to as their "L1"). The ASL Specialists provide developmentally appropriate instruction for students. Some students may need additional support and special, intensive instruction in ASL is provided as needed.
The ASL Center also provides instruction for hearing people who would like to learn ASL as a second language (referred to as their "L2"). ASL Evening Classes are offered to the general public and are taught by deaf instructors.
Through the services of The ASL Center, students have the opportunity to participate in extending their language (L1) knowledge through interactive instruction using state of the art technology in the ASL lab. Students are exposed to interactive video containing content information about ASL. All the information is in ASL, enhancing students' exposure to high quality curricula information.
The ASL Center is an important part of our campus programming, and also houses TLC's Center for Research and Training (CRT). The purpose of the CRT is to collect and disseminate current research on the educational benefit of ASL. In partnership with Boston University, the CRT works with other schools for the deaf and university programs on projects impacting education of the deaf on the national level. For information on the CRT-Boston University collaboration, visit www.bu.edu/cscd.