First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Merve Sönmez and, I am an English prep’ student in the Civil Engineering Department of the Abdullah Gül University (AGU). I want to write my first Blog article about the sign language course that is offered by AGU.
First, I would like to talk little about sign language.
The Sign Language: Speedy Study Guides tells us that:
“Sign language is a language, which uses manual communication to convey meaning as opposed to acoustically conveyed sound patterns. Wherever communities of deaf people exist, sign languages have been developed. Signing is not only used by the deaf, it is also used by people who can hear, but cannot physically speak.”
Why did we want to learn sign language? What was the reason behind it?
Well, everything started with a lecture, which is given by the AGU Youth Factory. It is called “Youth Aspect Lesson”. This is a lesson that teaches volunteering and although it is called a “lesson”, it is actually more like a training course . Thanks to this Training Course, we have learned how to be a volunteer worker for our society as youngsters and why volunteering is an important action for our communities.
One of our duties in this lesson was to give a voluntary service (help our community as a volunteer) . We then separated into a few groups and each of the groups chose a topic of their interests. My two friends and I chose to help deaf people. After doing some research, we understood that we need to learn the sign language in order to communicate with them and as a result, the sign language course started in AGU. The creation of this Project is really due to our student initiative!
Since then, we have been continuing the course with all of our members (10 people).
It really is one of the most interesting and enjoyable things in my life. I am feeling that I am learning a foreign – at the same time familiar – language. Sometimes, we are using this for silent communication. For example in a conference or when we were far away from each other (across the classroom for example) 😉
The communication with people, who have hearing disability, is definitely the most important part of the course.
After attending a little workshop, you are already able to speak with anyone who knows the sign language in any language or any country in the world.
To conclude, I can say that this new hobby of ours has become a real passion that is helping us developing many new hard and soft skills
We are waiting for you to join us in this adventure!