American Sign Language (ASL)


Teacher:   Tammy Taylor-Short

Ages:  10+


Class Fees:

Spring:  10 weeks:  $287 or $277 if taking 2 or more classes



The best way to learn a second language is through imitation and repetition. The purpose of this program is to introduce the new language as if it were the native language. Therefore, classes are fully conducted in American Sign Language. Learning a new language should be a fun experience! That is why I have created a curriculum that engages students through music, movements, games and role play.


The objective of class is to learn basic conversational skill along with fingerspelling.   We will also learn about deaf culture in collaboration with learning this beautiful language.  A typical day in class would include welcome, our new lesson designed to build new vocabulary,  a game or project and partner sign practice.    Most importantly,  I want students to have creative experiences.  I want to motivate them to be lifelong learners, express their creativity, think critically, spread positivity, be well, and just plain have fun!


Why ASL?  

Research conducted by Dr. Marilyn Daniels, a professor of speech communication at Penn State University, has demonstrated that adding the visual and kinesthetic elements (American Sign Language) to verbal communication helped to enhance the vocabulary, spelling, and reading skills in the participating children.   It is also a beautiful way to learn to express oneself, and to learn how to communicate within the deaf community.


About Tammy:

Tammy Taylor Is a Deaf educator. She has taught and tutored American Sign Language for several years. She is very involved in the deaf community as a social organizer and advocate.  She studied American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at Mt. San Antonio Community College and Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. She also studied English, Art and Communication Studies.  She is very passionate about sharing her own language of communication and culture with children and adults alike. She has adapted a fun and creative way to incorporate both in her curriculum.