American Sign Language Tutor (Internship)


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Thu Feb 02, 2017 01:00 PM - Thu Apr 27, 2017 04:00 PM


720 N Denning DriveWinter Park, FL 32789


American Sign Language Tutor (Internship)

Internship Tenure: February 2017 - April 2017
Class Schedule: Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Address: 720 North Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789

Sign Language is not universal. As a result, individuals who are Deaf and have moved to America from another country often find themselves in need of support to learn a new language, ASL. Additionally, individuals who are dual diagnosed with learning disabilities and hearing loss require more supports to improve ASL vocabulary and comprehension. The Center for Independent Living’s Deaf Voice program provides an American Sign Language class for those individuals who have not yet acquired fluency in ASL, in order to remove communication barriers to inclusion.

Additionally, our Deaf Services department provides communication assistance and educational services to the Deaf and hard of hearing. Some examples of these services include tax preparation, interpreting legal documentation and correspondences for consumers, citizenship processing assistance, and Florida Learner’s Permit training. Our staff also distributes assistive devices to the Deaf and hard of hearing.

Position Description:
CIL has internships available that are suitable for interpreting students and community volunteers, to support the instructor of our American Sign Language class.

1. ASL Class Tutor: Following a guided curriculum, tutors will engage class participants throughout the course, clarifying and answering questions when they arise. During "free time," tutors will engage in voice-off conversation with class participants to build ASL receptive and signing skills. Under the direction of the class teacher, tutors will utilize assistive tools and teaching materials as necessary. As class participants gain proficiency, ASL tutors themselves will begin to reach the next level of fluency as they apply their signing skills in a professional setting and immerse themselves in the Deaf Community.

This opportunity is intended for individuals who are pursuing an interpreting certification and will offer opportunities for immersion and fluency practice by working with Deaf individuals from various communities and backgrounds.
Skill Requirements:
* Willingness to learn
* ASL - Working proficiency
* Excellent use of space and surrogation while signing
* Ability to simplify sentence structure for new ASL users
* Social and encouraging demeanor
* Prior ASL community engagement a plus
At the end of the tenure, interns will receive a personalized letter of recommendation from the Center for Independent Living Staff Management.


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  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Tutoring

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