Children interested in learning a new language before or after school will have a new one to choose from this fall: American Sign Language.
The popular Davis program Teach Another Language to Kids (TALK) already offers French and Spanish to children in grades K-6 at the Davis Arts Center and several elementary schools around town and now plans to add ASL beginning in September. The class will be for students at North Davis Elementary School and St. James School and will be held weekday mornings at St. James.
An additional morning class may be offered at Birch Lane Elementary School and an afternoon class at the Davis School for Independent Study if there is sufficient interest.
ASL is the primary language of many deaf Americans and is becoming an increasingly popular language class in high schools and colleges across the country.
ASL is also a fun, hands-on second language that fits the TALK program perfectly. TALK is a play-based, full-immersion program that takes advantage of children’s natural ability to absorb language. In small classes of six to 12 students, TALK provides daily language exposure for children in kindergarten through sixth grade using games, art projects, stories, songs and plays.
The ASL class currently planned for students attending North Davis and St. James will be held at St. James School, 1215 B St., Monday through Friday from 7:40 to 8:10 a.m., after which children attending North Davis will be walked to campus with a teacher upon request.
An additional ASL morning class may be offered at Birch Lane Elementary, and an ASL afternoon class may be held at Davis School for Independent Study, if there is sufficient interest. Because teacher hiring occurs over the summer, TALK encourages parents to express their interest in adding new classes at these or other schools as soon as possible by contacting ASL4Davis@gmail.com.
In addition to the new ASL class, TALK will continue to offer its popular French and Spanish classes this fall. Classes are held on-site for children attending Birch Lane, Korematsu and Pioneer elementary schools. For children attending North Davis Elementary School, French and Spanish classes take place at the Davis Arts Center, after which children are walked to school with a teacher upon request.
TALK is a nonprofit community organization run by parent volunteers since 1992. More information about TALK programs can be found at http://groups.dcn.org/talk or http://talkdavis.blogspot.com. Questions about the new ASL class should be sent to ASL4Davis@gmail.com, while general questions about TALK may be directed to TALKprogram@hotmail.com.