Pidgin Signed English Sign Language
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Languages
Department: Foreign Languages
Course Number: NSLN 1001
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • American Sign Language
  • Foreign Languages
The totally visual language of deaf people is now the third most commonly used language in the United States. This course introduces the culture and communication methods of the contemporary deaf community, focusing on the experience of navigating social interactions using signs, gestures, and visual cues. Topics explored and practiced include the psychology of deafness, finger spelling, the art of interpreting, and the silent speech of body language. At the end of the course, each student completes a final project dealing with a particular aspect of the language and culture of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Course Open to: Degree Students