Monday, May 5, 2008

Studying Sign Language Abroad

The Siena School for the Liberal Arts in Tuscany, Italy is offering a three week program in Italian Sign language and Italian deaf culture for American ASL students over the summer. More than two dozen students will participate this year – most of them from Gallaudet University and the University of New Mexico. The school also has a three-week long language program for deaf Americans and deaf Italians who room together while studying each other’s sign language. There is also a deaf poetry festival at the school in November.

If you’d rather see the Caribbean than Italy, there is a 13-week program on sign language and deaf culture in Jamaica at the Maranatha School for the Deaf which is associated with the Mennonite Church.