Free sign language classes to be offered


Anyone interested in learning sign language can take advantage of classes being offered this fall through the Iowa School for the Deaf.

The school, located at 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd. in Council Bluffs, will offer free beginner sign language classes through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), a statewide fiber optic system which enables students and the instructor to interact live with all locations. Interaction occurs via a television monitor in each ICN room.

Classes will run Oct. 10 through Dec. 12. No class will be held Oct. 31 or Nov. 28.

The eight-session fall class is open for families of deaf children, as well as the general public, and will cover basic vocabulary and signs.

The class is designed to improve communication between families, teachers and others working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children but may benefit anyone interested in improving or learning sign language. Because sign language is three-dimensional, participants will need a partner during class.

Tina Murdoch, the fall instructor, holds a bachelor's degree in deaf education and an associate's degree in sign language interpreting. She has taught sign language for many years and has been an educator for deaf children for more than 30 years. She is an elementary teacher at Iowa School for the Deaf.

Participants may choose between two time slots for the Thursday night classes: 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. School officials said the classes are the same.

The deadline to register for the beginner sign language class is Friday, Sept. 6.

For more information or to register for a class, click here.

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