Language | History | Culture
ASL stands for American Sign Language, and I have been taking ASL in Mosaic for the past two years with my teacher Mrs. Payne. Mrs. Payne has been deaf since she was two years old and she is a great ASL teacher. She tutors three of my siblings outside of school. Basically when ever I want to I can go to Mrs. Payne and tell her that I want to do a project. Sometimes she reaches out to me and other students and give us projects that we have a choice to do it or not. A few of the projects that I have done are Making a story using the signs for 1, 2, 3, 4,and 5. Another project I did was learning the signs for the song "The Circle of Life" from "The Lion King" for a presentation to the whole school. More recently, this year, my friend Branigan and I have learned the signs for the song "Hello" by Adele and presented it to Mrs. Payne. In asl we don't only learn the language, we are immersed in the culture and history. The most similar form of sign language to ASL is French Sign Language because the first person to teach Sign Language in the United States was originally an FSL teacher in France. I also got to attend a panel discussion with three deaf people from around the world. One of them was from Africa and the other two were from Canada and they had a lot to tell us about the signing style and culture differences from where they live and The United States.