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Course in national standards for American Sign Language to be offered

RELEASED: June 4, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension will offer a three-day course titled "National Standards for American Sign Language Instruction: Teaching with the 5 Cs" Aug. 9-12. The class will meet from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily in Room 2023 of McIntyre Library at UW-Eau Claire. The program is designed for individuals with demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language who teach or aspire to teach ASL in a K-16 setting.

Dr. Kim Brown Kurz, chair of the ASL and interpreting education department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., will teach the course. She serves as a consultant for the ASL Standards National Committee and the Standards Collaboration board of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Washington, D.C.

The interdisciplinary and interactive program will examine, reflect upon and apply the national standards (five Cs) for American Sign Language instruction: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

The course fee is $275 for non-credit. For two undergraduate credits the cost is $545.77 for Wisconsin residents, $563.15 for Minnesota residents or $1,176.85 for non-residents. The fee includes instruction, materials and light refreshments.

For additional program information or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), e-mail ce@uwec.edu or visit the Continuing Education website.

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