In honor of Foreign Language Week, the advance sign language class at East Islip High School hosted an American Sign Language Day on March 6 in the school’s library.
“There were three different sections in the library where all the foreign-language students would rotate around to get more familiar with ASL and deaf culture,” explained East Islip ASL teacher Jovina Ricciardi.
The first section contained song interpretations in ASL, where advanced students prepared to interpret popular songs like “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, “Lucky” by Jason Mraz, and “Summer Nights” from the “Grease” soundtrack.
The second section contained a PowerPoint presentation of the alphabet and numbers in ASL, along with vocabulary related to food, sports and jobs. Several students taught others how to sign these words and followed up with a game.
The final section contained a deaf art gallery and posters displaying facts about deaf culture, community and universities, as well as visuals of different kinds of hearing aids.
“My goal for this day was to spread some more deaf awareness throughout East Islip High School so that more of the students can be aware that American Sign Language is not only a language but a big part of the deaf culture and community,” said Ricciardi. “Hopefully this will bring together the hearing students with the deaf students from the Cleary School for the Deaf.