Come Learn American Sign Language

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Britt Rieske and Teighlor Cole show their love of sign language by signing out the letters A S L. Photo by April Carver.

Britt Rieske and Teighlor Cole show their love of sign language by signing out the letters A S L. Photo by April Carver.

American Sign Language, ASL for short, is one form of communication for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or mute, but is also a fun language for the hearing.

The American Sign Language Club meets every Wednesday in the Social Science building, room 107. Meetings starts at 6 p.m. for those looking to learn ASL with free lessons, or to brush up on old skills and possibly still learn some new signs. Otherwise, they start playing games at 6:30 P.M. No matter what level of ASL, everyone is invited to come learn and play games.

The club is looking for members for their presidency, positions needed are a secretary and a treasurer. The requirements to be in the presidency are at least one full year of American Sign Language, and to attend 75% of the club meetings this semester. If students are interested, email the president of the club, Britt Rieske, at aslsnowcollege@gmail.com. The advisor for the club is Professor Bradford Young, and the Vice President of the club is Teighlor Cole.

The president of the club, Britt Rieske said, “Remember to be careful how your hands move because it may mean something completely different.” Sign is a language that is intricate, yet simple. A combination of hand movements and facial expressions make up the language.

There are so many different languages a person can learn, this is one not many may think of since it is not verbal. A member of the ASL club, Cody Burrell said, “ASL is a really fun club that is teaching me how to sign, if you like languages, this counts as one!”

It is not too late to join the club, come make new friends while learning the silent language. It is also a great place to keep up on old skills in order to not forget them.

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