I have been interpreting for the deaf for more than twenty years although my interest in sign language dates back further than that. Over the years I have taught sign language classes at churchand as adult evening classes for the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center. I began teaching Sign Language classes at Oak Glen High School, beginning in the fall semester of the 1999-2000 school year and at Weir High School in the fall semester of the 2002-2003 school year. Read this rationale for teaching ASL as a foreign language. In West Virginia, American Sign Language as a foreign language was proposed and passed during the Seventy-First Legislature in 1994. Fairmont State Collegeoffers American Sign Language for academic credit.
In December, 1999, my students joined with the chorus students to sign the Christmas carols they were singing. In May, 2001, my students signed a 90 minute concert of selections which they had chosen. They chose the name, " Hands of Grace," and we designed shirts to wear in the concert featuring the "I Love You" handshape. In May, 2002, my Oak Glen students again presented a concert, which featured PowerPoint ™ slideshows of the lyrics with corresponding graphics. On December 19, 2002, my students at Weir High will join with the chorus students to sign the selections in a winter concert.
I have found several sign language shareware programs over the WWW which I have used with my sign language students. If you would like to download some of these programs or the individual letters of the manual alphabet, visit my sign language download page.