The Immersion Philosophy will be used as a means of instruction and will be reinforced. Since the eyes, NOT the ears, are used in receiving information in ASL, the students are instructed not to speak or whisper in class. It is based on receptive and expressive skill methods; NOT auditorally-based.
The skills to be developed in this class depend on visual perception and visual memory. The use of auditory clues as an instruction inhibits this learning process for the person speaking and for those who are distracted by that person’s voice. In a true cross-cultural experience between those who are Deaf and those who are Hearing, it is important to respect a Deaf person’s position on the discriminatory use of voice in his/her presence.