ASL Scholars Institute for high school students, available for students anywhere in the U.S.A. with new, convenient times for those in Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones.


 3 options in 2020/2021: 

1)  July 20 – August 14, 2020
     Four weeks, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
This is being offered via Zoom.

2) September 2020 to June 2021
      36 weeks/60 hrs of weekly evening classes.
6:00 – 7:40 pm Eastern Time (ET)
This will be offered via Zoom.

3)  September 2020 to June 2021
      36 weeks/60 hrs of weekly evening classes.
9:00 – 10:40 pm Eastern Time (ET)
This will be offered via Zoom.


Cost:  $600.00 – paid in full at the time of registration.  There are no refunds issued after attendance at the first class. All materials are provided.

Class size:  limited to 12 participants.

Location For both the Summer and September to June course,
classes will be conducted via zoom.
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Course Content for levels 1 – 3:

Introductory Lecture:    1 hour 40 minutes
 “The Signing Community on Martha’s Vineyard.”

* Martha’s Vineyard virtual tour – understanding the geography      
* History – Kent (England) to Scituate to Barnstable to Chilmark
* Life in Chilmark
* Causes of deafness
* Sociological implications

Level 1     
18 hours of learning which will include:

The manual alphabet – fingerspelling
Numbers 1 – 99
Colors
Animals
Food and Drink
Family
Verbs
Feelings
Professions
Spatial referencing
Other key vocabulary

Two Portraits in Print – biographies of two individuals who had important contributions to the development of American Sign Language and the Deaf educational system in America.

History lecture:  
“The Golden Age of Deaf Education in America and the    
                               beginnings of Oralism” 

Expressive assessment: 
Grading on 2 presentations

Receptive assessment: 
Grading on one synopsis and on vocabulary and sentence comprehension

History/culture assessment: 
Graded history lecture test

Level 2    
18 hours of learning which will include:

* A thorough review of Level 1
* Pronouns
* Time concepts
* The ASL time line
* Countries
* Additional vocabulary
* Two types of questions and the vocabulary and appropriate facial
   expressions needed for them
* Expanded Spatial Referencing – part of the ASL pronoun system
* Two Portraits in Print

History lecture: 
“The Age of Oralism in deaf education in America”

Expressive assessment: 
Grading on 2 presentations

Receptive assessment:  
Grading on synopsis and vocab/sentence comprehension

History/culture assessment:       
Test on: “The Age of Oralism”

Level 3     
18 hours of learning to include:

* Question asking with a focus on accurate facial expression
* Contrastive Structure – a foundation of the ASL pronoun system
* Expanded vocabulary
* More Spatial Referencing – part of the ASL pronoun system
* Two Portraits in Print

History lecture:  “The revival of ASL and the Deaf President Now protest”

Expressive assessment: 
Grading on 2 presentations

Receptive assessment:  
Grading on synopsis and vocab/sentence comprehension

History:        “The revival of ASL and the Deaf President Now protest”

Final exam for all three levels:  2 hours

What the ASL Scholars Institute will do:

Students will gain a solid foundation in the skills they will need to go on to mastery in the language.  They will be taught the approximately 55 handshapes (chiremes) that make up all signs in the language.  They will be taught the four parameters that make up any sign in the language.  They will be taught the three types of signs that make up the language.  They will learn five of the eight primary sentence structures of the language. They will learn the role of facial expressions that convey primary linguistic information. 

Students will learn of the interesting history of the Deaf community in America, the good start to Deaf education, a century of oppression of the community and the language, and the recent revival, resurgence and popularity of ASL.

Learning a new language, especially one outside the language group of the native language of the students, is a complex task.  It takes many hundreds of classroom hours to accomplish, along with practice in real-world settings with fluent users of that language.  This sixty hour Institute will give students clear guidance and prepare them to continue progressing if they decide to continue.

Students will be graded using the assessments listed in the course description above along with a final exam grade.

What the ASL Scholars Institute will not do:

We are not authorized to issue credits.  Your high school may offer you credits for the Institute if they deem it appropriate in fulfilling their requirements.

This will not guarantee any particular placement in a college language program.  Colleges have their own intake evaluations to determine which level of their courses you are eligible to take.  We are confident that if you do well in the Institute, you will be placed as a second semester student or higher in a college program.

Who is eligible for the ASL Scholars Institute?

Any high school student.

Open House via Zoom will be held on these dates:

June 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm or 4:00 – 5:00 pm
June 13, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
June 27, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

You must make an appointment for the open house.
To schedule an appointment, email to mannyteach2011@yahoo.com

Registration:  Is open now through our website.  Go to www.aslacademy.org.  Use the dropdown window and enter payments to equal $600.00 and you will be registered.  You will receive a confirmation of your payment and registration.

For high school students considering the ASL Scholars Institute:

You are in for an exciting and rich learning experience!  The teacher is myself, Manuel Martin.  I designed the ASL program that is now a minor at a local college.  I have taught many workshops and Institutes in a number of states and countries and an American Indian reservation in the U.S.  The ASL Academy draws students from all over the U.S. in the summer (a total of 13 states so far).

The classroom learning is done at your pace.  You will quickly gain confidence in your knowledge and after the first of the three levels is complete, you will be able to have a conversation of 15 or 20 minutes, talking about family, travel, food, animals, where you live, many of your likes and dislikes and much more!  Our language teaching approach is unique and has a proven record of success.  We have taught many beginners who continued with our program until they became fluent.  A number of those former students are now interpreters, teachers of the deaf, or working in a field with deaf consumers.

Learning a new language is challenging.  Our curriculum was created by me, and is specifically designed for second language learners who are new to learning a visual, spatial, three-dimensional moving language.

At the open house, I will be happy to answer any questions that you and your parents may have about learning ASL successfully with us.  I hope to see you at one of our open houses!

Manuel D. Martin,
program director