Gestures and Expressions
So much of communication is said without actual words. Messages can be conveyed with just a glance, anyone with a mother I am sure can attest to that fact. This week, thanks to our partner Krousar Thmey, DDP CSL teachers, interpreters, and interpreters-in-training have been practicing those skills in a workshop led by a delegation from the Philippines. The ground rules are simple, no speaking, no formal sign language, only gestures can be used to communicate. For our CSL teachers, these skills can soon be put to use when working with new signers. The more expressive they learn to be, the better they are at reading subtle emotions, the easier it will be to teach. For our interpreters, these skills are crucial in facilitating equal access and communication with Deaf community members.
And, the games were great practice for remembering and relaying a message. Check-out the game of telephone in only gestures.