Explore visual languages at the HUB-Robeson Center March 19-20

Students, faculty and staff can learn more about the diversity of visual languages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19 and 20 on the main floor of the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. A video display will feature sign language demonstrations in American, Japanese, Finnish and French sign language.

Members of the American Sign Language (ASL) student organization at Penn State and students enrolled in the Deafness and Hearing Studies minor will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional resources.

The event is part of the ASL/Visual Languages Series. Presented by the Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) in the College of Education, the series highlights multilingualism in classrooms and communities in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In U.S. public schools, the number of students who speak languages other than English at home and who are developing proficiency in English at school is rapidly increasing. More than 85 percent of Pennsylvania schools include English learners and the numbers are even higher in other regions of the country. This semester, the DCEC is organizing a series of events to offer insights and learning opportunities concerning the role educators play in working with multilingual and multicultural students.

The series is sponsored by the following units in the College of Education: the DCEC; the Office of Multicultural Programs; the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Policy Studies; and the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library.


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Last Updated February 25, 2013