CORE: ASL Skill Development
Fluency in ASL is a critical skill for paraprofessionals and professionals working with deaf students. ASL proficiency is needed to effectively communicate with deaf children and adults and in the teaching of deaf children. ASL proficiency is also essential for paraprofessionals and professionals so that they can serve as a language models for those deaf students who are building their ASL competency. Many deaf students begin school with little to no language foundation and the development of strong ASL proficiency provides access to the formal curriculum and incidental learning as well as a rich and full language for informal interaction, academic discourse, and literacy development.
The Deaf Education Paraprofessional program requires 16 credits of ASL as a foundation for ASL skill development. We know that no language is fully learned in an academic classroom. For that reason, we encourage ASL learners to participate in a variety of college and community activities so that they can interact with fluent ASL users who can serve as language models and cultural guides. Possible on-campus opportunities include: joining the ASL Club, participating in workshops and weekend retreats sponsored by the ASL/Interpreter Education Programs or the Gallaudet University Regional Center, and/or serving as a notetaker for deaf students at KCC. Off-campus opportunities include: Deaf Starbucks (monthly gatherings at the Kahala Mall or Ward Center), ASAD Town Hall Meetings (Aloha State Association of the Deaf), and other Deaf events throughout the area. Contact your ASL instructor or Deaf friends for more information.
CORE: ASL Evaluation
Prior to enrolling in DEAF 294 in your final semester, you will need to take the ASL Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) and score at a 2.0 level or above. For more information, contact Layce Reed, the CORE Deaf Education Academic Counselor.