Multimedia Display Highlighting the Diversity of Visual Languages
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
The Diversity & Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) in the College of Education is presenting panel discussions, speakers, and workshops pertaining to multilingualism in our classrooms and communities.
In U.S. public schools, the number of students that speak languages other than English at home and who are developing proficiency in English at school is rapidly increasing. Already, more than 85% of schools in PA include English learners and the numbers are much higher in other regions of the country. This semester, the DCEC is organizing a series of events to offer some insights and learning opportunities concerning our role as educators in working with multilingual and multicultural students.
The ASL/Visual Languages Series is a multimedia display that highlights the diversity of visual languages. Several large video display screens will show a looped video of a person signing common phrases in different languages. One display will be a person signing in American Sign Language, another in Japanese Sign Language, a third in Finnish Sign Language, and a fourth in French Sign Language. At a nearby table, students from the ASL student organization and the Deafness and Hearing Studies minor will provide an explanation of the program, hand out additional resources, and answer questions.
The series of events are sponsors by: the College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, Office of Multicultural Programs, the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Policy Studies, and the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library