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Silence Is Golden

Posted: Updated: Apr 23, 2014 05:20 PM

At Scott Community College, silence is golden and verbal communication is just about non-existent in one class.

Students and instructors communicate in a language which is precious beyond words.

The class is American Sign Language. Students study to become licensed and certified interpreters, working with the deaf.

Instructor Diane Roebuck replaces speech with hand and facial gestures. The students respond, learning to formulate sentences by using this silent vocabulary.

Shirley Hampton is deaf. She also is an instructor in the program.

The students also do lab work. They listen to a speech on computer, and interpret it by using sign language.

Their interpretation is recorded on camera. It gives them an opportunity to analyze their finger signing, facial expressions, hand shapes, and other techniques to communicate with the deaf.

Diane Roebuck says it is magical to be able to communicate ideas this way.

Student Michelle Noble thinks it is like learning a new language.

Those gifted with hearing are bridging the gap, and gaining a greater appreciation for the deaf community and how they communicate.

Thanks to American Sign Language!

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