Report on our ASL Immersion Nov 23 and 24, 2013

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ASL Immersions are one, two, three or four day events, open to students who have completed level 6 of our ASLA curriculum or at least two college semesters of ASL.  We have a field trip and classroom activities.


Report on our most recent ASL 2-day Immersion

Students went on a field trip on Saturday where they went about their activities using the target language, ASL, only. Through this natural experience, students  expanded their vocabulary and understanding of the language.There were 14 students and 3 teachers. 6 students were attending their first ASLA Immersion.We arrived at Old Sturbridge Village and went to a house, discussing various features – the roof line, the rooms inside and their ontents, the well outside and the lever system used to retrieve water, the fencing…
We discussed the vocabulary found on the signs that were along the walkway and went on to the Quaker meeting house. We talk about the building, its history and how Quaker meetings are conducted. Students practiced describing various features in the meeting house, using classifiers of various types along with their signs.  On to the Congregational church. We described things outside, then ventured in where there was a guide who wanted to educate us about the building and its background. I became the interpreter and teachers and students got to ask questions through me.

We split into two groups and heading up two different sides of the common. One group saw the animal pound, cobbler shop, parsonage, dry goods store, lawyer’s office tinsmith and the large elegant house at the end of the green.  The other group saw a barn, farmhouse, family home with ornate furniture and a room for dyeing and spinning thread for cloth – flax (linen), silk, cotton and wool, another barn and second home.  In the house with the spinning wheel, a child came in with their parents, saw the group signing, and exclaimed “Look! It’s a sign language house!”  We met for a delicious lunch at the tavern.

After a lively conversation, we left and went to the bank and print shop. 6 of our group went on a stagecoach ride around the common. While waiting for the coach, I noticed a boy with a cochlear implant and started a conversation with him.  We talked with his family also.  A short time later, the father arrived. He is Deaf too. We continued on…over the covered bridge. The pond was being drained to repair the old dam, so when we arrived at the sawmill and carding mill, they weren’t operating, since they depend on the water to power the wheel, then the gears that allow the machinery to work.

At the blacksmith shop, well, the ladies wanted to linger a bit.  It seems one of the blacksmiths was, well, fit shall we say, and they found his company rewarding.  I interpreted there also as guests asked questions and the smiths explained their work. After visiting another house, we boarded the large wagon to head back to the common. The horses weren’t quite done getting their water, so the driver began explaining about the horses and I became an interpreter again. Belgian draft horses – about 2000 pounds each!  She got them to back up and we were off.  The horses pulled the group of about 25 effortlessly up the hill and down again and back up to our final stop.  The driver was exceptionally friendly, just as most of the personnel at OSV was.  We headed for the general store just before they closed, for some trinkets and useful gifts.  One student decided to buy the book “Fart proudly” which precipitated a signed discussion…I’ll leave out the details.

We headed out to the Thai restaurant next to the Village, and went in to the large gift shop at the entrance to OSV for more valuable keepsakes. Our 3 Roger Williams University students who had joined us departed for the campus.  We drove over to our dinner digs.

At the restaurant, the employees were friendly and patient in spite of the fact they were busy and had been converged upon by 13 people.  The food was great and finished off a very satisfying day.

One thing that happened: Across from us was an older couple.  At one point, the man looked over and said “Look at that!  That’s stupid!  What are they doing?”  Without missing a beat, the wife said “They’re talking about you!”  Yay, wife!

Sunday, we reviewed vocabulary and compared experiences. The time went by quickly. Our next Immersion will be in the late winter.  I will plan it soon and it will be posted on our academic calendar.

Location: TBA

Cost: $150.00 – this includes lunch on Saturday only
For students attending Saturday only, the cost is $125.00

Dates: TBA

Times: TBASunday, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

13 Classroom hours


ASL 1-day Immersion

Students will go on a field trip on Saturday where they will then go about their activities using the target language, ASL, only. Through this natural experience, students will expand their vocabulary and understanding of the language.

Cost: $75.00 – this includes lunch.

Teacher:  Manuel Martin. If the numbers warrant, a second teacher from our ASLA staff will be added.

Location: 255 Main St, Pawtucket, RI

Date: TBA – in Feb

Times: Sun: 9:30 – 4:30 or so.

Field trip:  A walking tour of Pawtucket

7 classroom hours