ASL: The Bridge Between Communities

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American Sign Language (ASL) is a new, much loved elective offered to the Upper School at Covenant taught by Mrs. Artrip.  ASL is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of Deaf communities in the United States and most of Anglophone Canada.

Students learn to communicate using visual gestures and signs and eventually will go out in public to sign. A memorable moment is when Dr. Harrison, business manager at Covenant, came to sing to the students the song Because He Lived in Spanish while Mrs. Artrip signed in American Sign Language what he was singing. The class watched with amazement in their eyes. Dr. Harrison told the students, “if you can understand the interpreter, the language is universal.” 

Many students said that the reason they loved sign language so much is because they are excited to learn how to communicate with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “ My favorite part of ASL is knowing one day I will be able to talk to someone that is deaf because they may not get to do that with people they don’t know but who can hear,” Hannah Wayne, Covenant Freshman. 

There are millions of people in the United States alone that use sign language as their native language. The deaf community is very large, and is throughout the world. Sign languages are an extremely important communication tool for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people. 

Mrs. Artrip is loved by The Covenant family so much! Her favorite part about teaching student sign language is seeing the connection of the sign and its meaning. Sign language is important for the students to learn because it opens up a passion to communicate with the deaf culture. It also develops a field as an interpreter so they can share the gospel and serve the Lord. 

“I love signing all the signs, but one of my favorites would probably be alligator,” Samantha Lucas, Covenant Freshman. 

We can not wait to watch all of the students sign away and begin this journey towards helping others.