Conceptual Strategies for ASL Expansion

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Presented By: Edna Johnston
Date: Friday, March 12th
Time: 1pm-5pm MST/3pm-7pm EST
RID CEUs: 0.4 PS
Presentation Language: ASL

Workshop Description:

For effective descriptions of new concepts especially while interpreting or teaching, there are seven frequently used techniques among ASL signers. During the workshop, participants will be given time to utilize each strategy and at times
combine at least two to describe a concept clearly.

Workshop Objectives:

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the seven expansion strategies in ASL
  • Demonstrate 3 expansion strategies
  • Explain how to combine two or more strategies for a more complex concept  

          Presenter Bio:

          Edna has a large deaf family with roots in Alabama and Indiana. Edna has double Bachelor’s degrees in ASL Studies and English Literature from Gallaudet and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College. She also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet.
          Edna was a tenured faculty at Columbia College Chicago in the ASL-English Interpretation Department for 12 years. For the past 15 years, she has taught at Maryland School for the Deaf, where she graduated; English, ASL Linguistics, ASL Literature, and Deaf Studies in High School and was also an ASL Specialist.
          Edna taught ASL (and related topics) as an adjunct at Gallaudet University, Towson University, Catonsville College of Baltimore County, and Frederick Community College. She also travels to do workshops and currently works with the American Society for Deaf Children facilitating ASL Weekend Retreats for hearing parents of deaf children. She has served as an ASL Master for several theaters including Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC and as a Technical Editor for several books. Edna is married with four children who are in kindergarten through high school.


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