Steve is a sign language person who has self-trained as a typesetter, activated for a trade union, travelled the world and has settled into research. He has published on a range of issues relevant to sign language people. He is passionate about making basic sign language free to learn for everyone who wants to. Paula is a school teacher from Latin America. She has gathered knowledge of different classroom activities aimed towards enhancing the learning of any type of content or skill. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has working knowledge of two signed languages
We will introduce sign language through the use of different strategies that aim to make learning (anything!) a fun experience. The workshop will encourage participants to interact without the need to use voice.
The aim is to raise awareness about the fact that learning a second language (in this case a sign language) can be used as a form of ‘economic capital’, where learning at institutions has become so expensive that it’s only available or accessible to those who can afford it. Whilst sign is the natural language of deaf people, it can be learnt by anybody.
The only criterion is that you come with an open mind! Instructions will be given in English and sign language. We will emphasize on interaction and engagement, learning through practice without pressure or pace. There will be opportunity to discuss sign language and Deaf culture at the end!