“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10
Some people cannot wait until they finally graduate and leave school. They are glad there are no more books and tests. Other people seem to enjoy the learning process and are always learning something new. Have you ever considered the fact that no one was born knowing ASL? Even children with ASL Deaf parents must learn sign language little by little. After several years, ASL may be very easy for them. They learned, practiced, and developed.
Did you know that certified interpreters are required to earn 80 hours of CEUs (Continuing Education Units) every 4 years? As a deaf ministry teacher or interpreter, you should also value your ministry and always learn from others.
How can I improve my signing skills? Even if a formal interpreter training program is not an option, many areas have workshops presented by certified interpreters. Often certification is not required to attend. Presenters tend to value investing in all who attend their workshops – interpreters, friends of Deaf people, and people with Deaf family members.
Each summer, SWM offers an ASL Institute for church interpreters in three locations. This annual, 3-day, Christian workshop offers a variety of topics of interest to people who may have informally learned sign language, but want to improve their signing skills. There are classes for skilled signers, new signers, and beginners. Visit SilentWord.org/fs for more information.
It is wise to continue listening to, and learning from people who are more experienced and wise (Proverbs 1:5). Keep learning, improving and getting new skills in this new year.