-- Among the
New Courses is Introduction to American Sign Language --
QUEENS, NY, May 18, 2020 – Queens College made the
transition from classroom learning to all-online classes in response to the
COVID-19 pandemic. Distance learning continues this summer for college students
earning degree credits, as well as for adult learners pursuing their interests
or working toward professional credentials from home.
dedicated and talented faculty and staff who are committed to helping
students succeed and stay on track.” says Interim President William A.
Tramontano. “Students can study from the safety and convenience of their homes.
They can find summer courses essential to the timely completion of their
Introduction to American Sign language (ASL) is one of
several new courses being offered during summer for the first time. QC is one
of the few colleges in the metropolitan area to make this course available.
“As one of America’s most linguistically diverse colleges,
we wanted the Deaf community to be represented,” says Professor Kate Menken, QC
director of Linguistics and TESOL Programs.
“ASL is its own language with its own grammar, which is very
different from English,” adds Michael
Newman, professor of Linguistics, who had the idea to add the introductory
course at Queens College this spring. Students from many liberal arts and
sciences majors have enrolled in the course, which applies towards the college’s
language option. No prior experience with ASL is needed.
The summer class is being taught by adjunct lecturer Robert
Flaucher, who notes that some
coursework will be live during scheduled class meetings taking place online,
and this will be combined with work that can be accessed at any time without “real
During the spring semester, Flaucher used videos and e-books
to ensure that students learned the basics of expressing themselves with ASL
and understanding others who use that language. “Social media and pop culture
including TV, videos, and even Broadway theater have spurred greater interest
in the Deaf community,” he says. That may explain the growing popularity of learning
American Sign Language—the first Summer Session course is already filled. The
Summer Session II course (LCD 1913) is open for enrollment and will be held
remotely from June 29 through July 22.
Other timely topics are included among more than 650 Summer Session
courses that Queens College is offering. Three new courses relate to health
- An Anthropology course on Disease in the Past (ANTH 275) will
immerse students in intensive reading and writing on the origins and evolution
of human disease. Two courses from Urban Studies explicitly concern COVID-19.
Researching New York (URBST 732) will introduce virtual and distance research
methodologies useful for community-engaged fieldwork and research in a
pandemic. Contemporary Political Issues in New York City (URBST 265 - 02)
will address policy, political, and economic issues that arose with the
pandemic’s impacts on families, essential services, jobs, and the urban safety
- One innovative new course, Collaborative
Workshop in Theatre & Dance (Drama 381/Dance 381), challenges students to
examine the collaborative process and develop creative strategies that lead to
culminating performance projects.
Between June 1 and August 6, there will be four summer sessions at Queens College. Students may earn a total of 15 credits over all four sessions, if they so choose; summer courses also count toward the 30 credits required of students receiving Excelsior Scholarships. Summer Session students will have virtual library privileges as well as live technical support from the college. Registration for the summer program is open at qc.cuny.edu/summer, and applications for visiting students are available as well. Students have until June 27 to enroll in summer courses, but demand has been high, making now the best time to register.
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