Technological Phonocentrism: Teaching Strategies for Signed Languages

Becca Clark and Janelle Legg, University of Iowa

3:30 pm central time, Thursday, October 22

Session recording HERE

Description: 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 discussants: 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.

Delivery format: Zoom meeting

Contact: Jana Martin, Associate Director, Language Institute. Email Jana for access to a recording of the session.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at least three business days prior to the event.

Sponsors: University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute