“ASL is just as important as other languages”, Harlingen Public Library to offer monthly lessons
HARLINGEN, TX (ValleyCentral) – The Harlingen Public Library offers an American Sign Language (ASL) Beginner’s Course for teens every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
The class will be a self-guided study to teach the fundamentals of ASL. It will include a PowerPoint presentation that will review topics that the teens have shown interest in or that the instructor considers important to bring together in the classroom.
The class is designed to be a collaborative atmosphere where teens can share personal experiences, make new friends, and learn skills to help them study ASL on their own.
“If they’re out there and they see that someone is having trouble communicating in a company where maybe no one who works there knows ASL, maybe they can help a little.” said Erin Smith, Youth Services Librarian.
Smith added that ASL is just as important as other languages. “Spanish is quite common here in our community in the valley and there are people who come to the library who only speak Spanish, and so maybe we need to know Spanish to speak with them, same with ASL. “
Sign language is not a universal language because each country has its own rules of grammar and syntax.
The shape, placement and movement of the hands all play an important role in conveying information. A person’s body language is also related to how the message is conveyed emotionally. Like all languages, ASL is a living language that will evolve and change over time.
The last ASL course for teens in September will take place on the 21st from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The course will be offered in person in the teenage room of the Harlingen Public Library as well as by Zoom.
Smith said the library is always looking to add more educational courses, so if you are not eligible for the teen course, she suggests contacting the library with your interest in ASL so they can consider doing so. open more for different age groups. .