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Excellent for Interpreters, ASL Students:

“Face-Painting” with Non-Manual Signals in ASL

Non-manual signals (NMS) in American Sign Language enrich and clarify the meaning of manual signs.  Come and learn that art of painting your face with a full spectrum of NMS colors and designs. Non-Manual Signals include: 1) Non-Manual Adverbs 2) Lexical Non-Manual Behaviors 3) Non-Manual Grammatical Markers 4) Emotional States / Evaluative judgments 5) Prosodic Structure 6) Discourse Structure 7) Turn Taking 8) Backchannel Feedback 9) Grammatical “Sound” Markers, and 10) Mouth Movements. This workshop will focus on developing accurate non-manual signals and markers as used in ASL. Demonstrations of each category of facial behaviors and head movements will be shown in context. Practice exercises will be offered.  By the end of this workshop, you’ll be anStorytelling Handbook artist!

VISUALIZE THIS: Drawing in Space With ASL Classifiers

As a native English speaker you work within a linear language, but ASL uses space and movement through classifiers to show a visual picture.  When using Classifiers, are you able to clearly portray the English message into ASL?  Do you know how to clearly show a car accident, a Lasik eye surgery, or a gymnast going through their routines? This workshop provides participants with an overview of using Classifiers, by focusing on what they mean, when to use them and how they are used.  Participants will explore various classifiers to express a visual picture breaking away from English words to translate ideas visually. This workshop strongly focuses on ASL storytelling, ASL performing, and ideas on how to use the appropriate handshape to show a clearer picture of the context involved. This workshop will also provide hands-on experiences & skill building activities needed for appropriate classifier use applied to complex descriptions and images. Complicated & confusing pictures, eye gaze, role shifting, spatial referencing and appropriate use of classifiers in storytelling will also be presented. Emphasis is placed on developing the ability to think in pictures as a way to improve expressive and receptive communication skills.

ENGLISH EQUIVALENTS: Whoa! Train Zoom Gone.  Did You See What She Signed? What did she mean by that and how can I say it in English?

English Equivalents help the student take signs that do not have just one translation in English andhelp the participant become aware of idiomatic English translations along with some technical vocabulary associated with particular signs.  English Equivalents in ASL will help you confidently continue the flow of information exchange from ASL to English and from English to ASL.

Trix’s Discoveries: Evolving from Old to New Signs (NEW!)   

This workshop will give you plenty of examples of old, obsolete signs that you may want to eliminate from your repertoire, and new, modern-day representations. Through the years, Trix has spent a vast amount of time mentoring interpreters. She noticed that a lot of interpreters continue to use outdated signs without thinking about changes and signs that represent what we actually use right now; Trix has put together a fascinating workshop offering updated signs. If we use outdated signs, how do we expect Deaf students to grasp the ideas we are trying to convey? We will have demonstrations showing outdated signs and current signs. This information has been gleaned from various schools. There will be several opportunities for hands-on practice. We’ll share some sign bloopers that easily cause misunderstanding, and we’ll work on how to target the true meaning of certain expressions. It’s amazing how so many signs have evolved! Take advantage of this opportunity to nostalgically remember old-time signing and to become more aware of present-day signs.

Interpreting Biology, Health, and Human Development Information (NEW!)   

Interpreting in classes such as anatomy, biology, health, child development and parenting can certainly be a challenge! Developing ASL visualization skills within these topics, this workshop will provide helpful interpreting demonstrations and practice exercises. Find out how scientific concepts expressed in English may be clarified visually and communicated in a timely and efficient manner. Interpreters can apply these visualization skills to many topics, bringing scientific discussions to life in ASL!

Trix’s Discoveries: Visual Interpreting from English to ASL (NEW!)   

Trix guides interpreters working on English-to-ASL skills. Challenges in rendering ASL from English source material develop visual thinking skills. We will be able to:

  • demonstrate application of interpreting person, content, place, time, procedures, causes, and reasoning
  • demonstrate increased classifier incorporation in interpreting
  • demonstrate non-question forms of “who, what, where, when, how and why”
  • demonstrate rich visual imagery in interpreting
  • collaborate in developing ASL expression of English phrases
  • match concepts represented by multiple-meaning words

This workshop will have several hands-on practice activities and group discussions.

ASL Role Shifting: “He Said, She Said…”

Role-Shifting is so much more than that being narrator. Become the role of different people to tell the story! It is important for the audience to tell which character is speaking! The workshop will focus on ASL storytelling techniques for:  1) developing story characters, 2) using role shift, eye gaze, and spatial referencing  3) identifying speakers, shifting between speakers, and matching speakers’ affect, and 4) understanding the difference between the storytelling and discourse. Participants will have hands-on practice with the material presented in the workshop, and will receive feedback on their ASL performance exercises.

English Idioms: PSST…How Do You Interpret That?

Fire up your creativity and learn how to interpret idioms in American Sign Language! This workshop will guide participants in expressing idiomatic concepts across languages. Idioms breathe life into language. Come and join us as we master idioms!

ASL Semantics: Precision of Expression in ASL

Semantics is defined as the study of meanings expressed by the elements of a language or a combination of the elements.  A concept expressed in an ASL sign often cannot be conveyed by a single all-purpose English word. Likewise, English words and phrases may have variations in meaning, which require translations using different ASL signs. This workshop helps the student advance skills in translating the languages of ASL and English.

ASL Semantics II: Form Fades, Meaning Magnifies

Semantics is defined as the study of meanings expressed by the elements of a language or a combination of the elements. A concept expressed in an ASL sign often cannot be conveyed by a single all-purpose English word. Likewise, English words and phrases may have variations in meaning, which require translations using different ASL signs. This workshop helps the student advance skills in translating the languages of ASL and English. Trix will demonstrate the discovery process of transforming spoken to visual language and vice versa, with a strong focus on seeking meaning out of form.

What’s your TAKE on ASL Semantics? TAKE a Look and TAKE Home a Big Take

Semantics is defined as the study of meanings expressed by the elements of a language or a combination of the elements.  A concept expressed in an ASL sign often cannot be conveyed by a single English word. Likewise, English words and phrases may have variations in meaning, which require translations using different ASL signs. This workshop helps the student advance skills in translating the languages of ASL and English.  This workshop focuses on the word “TAKE”.

ASL Extreme Makeovers: The Art of Personification

Learn how to “change yourself” into someone or something else. In literature, the technique of “personification” gives an inanimate object, a plant, or animal characteristics that make it seem “human”. The object shows emotions and takes on person-like behaviors. You can use this technique in American Sign Language to “become” a flower, butterfly, or even a book! Trix will demonstrate how to personify characters and shift roles within your story. You’ll learn how to “become” a baseball, basketball, beach ball, bowling ball, football, marble, ping pong ball, racquetball, soccer ball, water polo ball, and more!

Voice Interpreting with Trix: “Psst…Did I say that right?”

Whoops! What did I say? Review and re-do in an atmosphere of support and good humor by joining this confidence-building workshop. Boost your professional skills while you have fun rambling through Trix’s stories. Get ready for power voice interpreting with Trix’s fun workshop!

Visible Words: The Art of Storytelling With Classifiers

Let’s create better visual imagery with ASL classifiers! Maybe you’ve wondered: Are there any new classifiers? Which classifiers best express certain ideas? How can we use classifiers most effectively? ASL classifiers are simply handshapes used to convey action and ideas in concise and visually articulate ways. Let’s polish our storytelling by improving visual imagery with classifiers. This workshop will offer hands-on practice in using classifier handshapes with creativity and precision. Move away from thinking in English and stringing signs together. Let handshapes tell the story!

A Classifier is Born!

Some people believe in limiting language creativity, but world-wide and throughout history, languages have emerged and evolved through communication and storytelling. When a unique predicate classifier is created within a story, and ASL users adopt it naturally, a new classifier is born. Come to this workshop to see the process in action.

Close-Up Views: Classifiers Under the Microscope

Get a close-up 3-D view of life under the microscope with classifiers. Clearly translate ideas from English to ASL with real objects and the human body as a focus of description. Zoom in on learning to use classifiers effectively.

Trix’s ASL Toolkit for Number Incorporation

This workshop is provided for anyone who wishes to improve their American Sign Language skills focusing specifically on various number systems found in ASL.  Trix’s workshop presentation and your interaction with other participants will give you plenty of opportunities to improve your receptive and expressive sign skills.  Trix’s ASL Toolkit for Number Incorporation workshop will help you sign numbers related to sports and games, eye doctor appointments, mathematics classes, and award conferences, as well as countless other number-related situations. Come and learn!

Handshape Common Misuse: Really? Did I sign that?

The Handshape is probably the most apparent parameter of ASL.  Linguists have identified a large number of discrete handshapes, which the signs are most look-like. Trix will demonstrate several categories that demonstrate various degrees of similarity for particular Handshapes, which can lead to misunderstandings.  She will also show the proper application of palm orientation, location, and movement for the Handshapes.

Lexical Non-Manual Markers: The “TH” signal  (New!)

This workshop has a focus on the non-manual “TH” signal. Interpreters will analyze and apply this grammatical marker in various contexts. Video clips and discussion will increase interpreters’ confidence. Contexts include: character development, structures, English idioms, conjunctions, adjectives, and more.

Non-Manual Signals: ASL Markers (New!)

This workshop has a focus on non-manual signals, which are not distinctive “hand signs” yet are essential language morphemes. Interpreters will analyze and apply these grammatical markers, which involve eye and head movements, facial movements and body postures rather than the use of “signs” as distinct lexical elements. Video clips and discussion will increase interpreters’ confidence in the use of non-manual markers (non-manual morphemes).

Trix’s Discoveries! Understanding ASL Dialects, Regional Accents and Variations (New!) 

Crisscrossing America, Trix spots and carefully documents sign variations from local Deaf residents. Now, she’s ready to share her discoveries with interpreters. Workshop participants will see video clips of code-switching forms, regional accents, and sign variations emerging from those with different ages, backgrounds, occupations, social levels, and communication preferences. Treat yourself to an inside look at signing across the country.

Terminology in Voice Interpreting (New!)

In interpreting work, choosing appropriate terminology is key. To assure that professional standards are maintained during meetings, conversations, and appointments, interpreters should match the speaker or signer’s register and tone, and be alert to the cultural nuances within both Deaf and hearing communities. Let’s work to develop a list of appropriate words and phrases that will fit various situations, and list words that are inappropriate for various situations.

Excellent for ASL Students:

Trix Upon A Time: An ASL Storytelling Handbook

Create your own visual storytelling! Brainstorm the steps needed to put a story together. List all the details of the play that affect the body’s senses (vision, sound, smell, taste, and touch). Imagine yourself as a member of the audience (both deaf & hearing). What do they really want to see?  Exercises that help you learn how to make clearer body language, gesture, and signs. Finalizing the story and narration in ASL. Participants will learn the following aspects of ASL Storytelling: Role Shifting, Eye Gazing, Characterization, Classifier Usage, Building a story in ASL.

Creative ASL Cookbook: Recipes for ASL Performances

Come stir up something visually delicious! Learn how to put ASL ingredients together to serve a banquet for the eyes. Let’s cook up a story in ASL, using some new ideas to give ASL storytelling more flavor and appeal. This workshop will focus on ASL storytelling techniques for:1)  Developing story characters 2) Using role shift, eye gaze, and spatial referencing 3) Employing classifiers more effectively 4) Applying grammar, expression, and appropriate signing speed 5)Performing the construction of 3-D structural images 6) Utilizing ASL grammar to indicate “sounds” AND 7) Comparing ASL storytelling and ASL discourse. Participants will have hands-on practice with the material presented in the workshop, and will receive feedback on their ASL performance exercises.

The Whats, Whys, & Hows of the Classifiers in ASL

English speaker you work within a linear language, but ASL uses space and movement through classifiers to show a visual picture. When using Classifiers, are you able to clearly portray the English message into ASL? This workshop provides participants with an overview of using Classifiers, by focusing on what they mean, when to use them and how they are used. This workshop will also provide hands-on experiences & skill building activities needed for appropriate classifier use applied to complex descriptions and images.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events in 2017

Pending bookings (to be confirmed):

  • Houston, Texas
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • St. Louis, Missouri

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