ESP Biography

BARBARA JOHNSON, deaf MIT staff member who loves ASL

Major: IS&T

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

Picture of Barbara Johnson

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Barbara is a long time MIT staff member working as an IT support specialist. After receiving a cochlear implant she began to learn more about Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). She's been actively studying ASL for about 4 years now and wants to share how fun it is with you!

Past Classes

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B11641: American Sign Language for beginners in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
American Sign Language (ASL) is used by many Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (and other) people in the US. ASL is not English and has its own grammar, idiomatic expressions, and literature. In this class, we will start 100% VOICES-OFF, and build up your ASL abilities through gestures, writing, and, well, ASL itself. By the end of the class, you will be able to meet a signer, introduce yourself to a signer, and have simple conversations with a signer.