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Workshops

In-person workshops have advantages. Learning among peers gives you access to the experience, knowledge, and questions of other learners. Face-to-face instruction also allows a level of personal feedback from an instructor that's hard to beat. 

The following courses, provided in partnership with Language Matters, Inc., are designed to be effective, fun, and challenging enough to bring the best out of each participant. For more information about attending or booking workshops, contact Lauren Pruett admin@language-matters.com.

Introduction to Cued American English

This course introduces the Cued Speech (CS) system devised by Orin Cornett. Structured lessons, activities, and games provide opportunities for students to learn how to express themselves through cueing. By the end of this class, students can use a Cued Speech chart to cue anything in the English language. Participants learn:

  • All of the handshape, placement, and movement cues for American English.
  • How to combine cues into syllabes, words, phrase, and sentences.
  • Applications of CS for use in education, therapy, and with various populations.
  • Visual ways to convey rhythm, intensity, stress, inflection, and mood.
  • How to recognize the building blocks (phonemes) of English and to represent them accuractely.
  • How and why the system was devised along with benefits of its use.
  • Resources and methods to build proficiency and fluency.

Each student receives printed materials including a workbook specially designed to be used with the interactive features of DailyCues. This course is most-often taught as a two-day workshop, but can be adapted to other formats.

Cued American English Mechanics Series

These courses help students develop clear and accurate expressive cued English. The series is intended for anyone who wants to cue properly: parents, teachers, speech-language therapists, transliterators, paraprofessionals, etc. Rationale and linguistic theory are use to explain why we cue the way we do. These courses are ideal for anyone preparing to take expressive testing, like the CAECS-E. Participants should already know how to cue, but do not need to be able to cue fluently. Learn More.

Receptive Skills Series

When learning a foreign language, listening skills are essential. The same is true when adults learn a signed or cued language. Adults learn language differently than children and taking language in through the eyes may require some training. 

These courses take students from recognition of single cues through conversational fluency. They work as a stand alone series or can be taken to supplement the receptive courses of the Cued Language Transliterator Professional Education Series (CLTPES). Either way, participants learn to cue read through fun, interactive, game-based instruction. 

The final classes in this series reach beyond conversational fluency and provide instruction in voicing techniques. This skill of cue reading while simultaneously speaking for someone else is sometimes used by transliterators and is an essential component for transliterator training and testing. Learn more.

Preparing for Transliterator Testing

These classes are intended to help transliterators apply their skills and knowledge in the context of testing. Lesson contrast real-life and testing situations and address how these differences affect transliterator choices. These courses do not teach the skills required for effective transliteration. Rather, they aim to fine tune the performance of trained transliterators to ensure that performance during testing is the truest relfection of actual ability. 

Activities and lessons use TECUnit information about test format, structure, and purpose to devise strategies for optimal performance. Students also develop a personal profile to determine how to prioritize their preparation to maximize professional growth. Specific strategies to alleviate test anxiety are also presented. Learn More.