ASL as Foreign Language in District 308

ASL as Foreign Language in District 308

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Ethan Mileham started this petition to Oswego District 308 Board of Education
That question, “Is American Sign Language a foreign language”? And if so, why does our school district not offer it as a foreign language? American Sign Language is very much a foreign language today and becoming accepted as one in several states, high schools, and at a lot of major Universities.

American Sign Language (ASL) is becoming more widely used as a foreign language all over the United States, it is being used at such universities as Harvard and Yale. There are now 13 states , including Illinois that allow ASL to fill language requirements in high school, but not Oswego. Many times people try to argue that the ASL is using English and that it is not a foreign language at all. But because of the visual use of words rather than the spoken use of words makes it a relative argument that it is indeed a foreign language.

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I was awakened to the world of ASL through my sister. She has a love for the language and wants to become an ASL Interpreter. However, Oswego district 308 does not offer ASL as a foreign language currently and she will have to take classes outside of school. I hope that can change for her and others soon!
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