For my learning project, I have decided to learn ASL (American Sign Language). I have friends who have taken this class and talked about the learning project they were doing. I thought it was so cool that they were able to pick something and learn it. So, I have been thinking for quite a while about what I wanted to do and it just clicked that learning ASL would be perfect. I love to binge watch television shows and last summer I watched Switched at Birth (Taken May 14th, 2018 but may be changed due to Wikipedia) and was so intrigued by the sign language and the deaf community. However, it never occurred to me that it would be important to know sign language until I was subbing as an EA and was asked if I knew sign language because one of the children I would be working with was deaf. After that day, I knew I wanted to take EDTC 300 and for my learning project learn ASL. I believe this will benefit me as a future educator since I will be able to communicate with my students who may be deaf. As well, I find ASL so interesting that I would love to learn this new language. I have no experience in ASL so I am going in excited to learn something I have never learned before!
To start I am going to learn the basics – ABCs. After learning the alphabet, I want to go onto learning some basic every day words that are commonly used and eventually move to not so common words that could still come up when communicating. At the end of the semester I hope to finish with signing a song. But if not, I will create a brief conversation that I will sign. I plan to use YouTube, ASL websites to help me learn, and connect with ASL users over Twitter to help with learning and correcting my mistakes I may make along the way. I will record myself and post onto my blog so everyone can follow my progress and journey. I am really looking forward to learn ASL and seeing where I will be at the end of the semester.