|Sign Language Students
Deaf Students for a Day
By Kristin Sommers (May 13, 2003)
Twenty four students from Masonís
three sign language classes participated in a shadowing activity at Maryland
Secondary School of the Deaf (MSSD) last Monday. Each student was paired
with a junior at the high school, which is on the same campus as the largely
deaf-serving Gallaudet University.
"I wanted [the students] to gain a sense of attending a deaf school, and discover how information is communicated in the classroom," said DaCosta. In general, DaCosta hoped for GM students to feel the contrast between being the majority at GM and being the minority at MSSD. DaCosta also said that the shadowing was done "to give ASL students an opportunity to go to classes in the shoes of a deaf studentÖalso [it gives] an opportunity for both hearing ASL students and deaf students to interact with each other and meet their high school peers."
Senior Jenny Davis says that she "enjoyed the experience but it was also different, it was so quiet and it was strange not to talk." This is one of several field trips the sign language classes go on throughout the school year to learn firsthand about deaf culture and daily life. For example, the classes have also attended a performance by the deaf dance the "Wild Zappers."
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