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Technological phonocentris: Teaching strategies for signed languages

Thursday, October 22, 2020


Phonocentrism is the notion that promotes and values speech over visual forms of language. It can be seen in attitudes toward sign language learners and embedded in the designs of common teaching technologies. This presentation will discuss the strategies we have implemented in our online and hybrid instruction to bypass the built-in language biases. Please bring questions regarding specific teaching scenarios for discussion. This presentation will be conducted in ASL and English.

About the Discussant:

Becca Clark is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the American Sign Language (ASL) Program at the University of Iowa. She has been a lecturer in the program since 2013. She earned her Masters degree in Deaf Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University, the only bilingual bimodal (ASL and English) liberal arts university in the world.

Jannelle Legg is a lecturer in the American Sign Language (ASL) Program at the University of Iowa and a PhD candidate at George Mason University in the Department of History and Art History. She holds dual Masters degrees in Deaf History and Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University.