ASL/English Interpreting Summer Academy

June 18 & 19, 2024 | 8am to 5pm

Explore American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and the field of interpreting through this two-day camp taught by Mount Aloysius ASL faculty and Deaf community members.

The academy will provide attendees an introduction to American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and the field of interpreting. The attendees will engage in a wide-range of activities over the two-days with Mount Aloysius College faculty and Deaf community members.

Here are the details:

  • Free for everyone who is accepted.
  • First-come, first-served, but we’ll start a waiting list for all additional applicants after the camp is full. You will need to verify your attendance in May so we can confirm that your camper will be joining us.
  • Available to students in grades 9-11 as of Spring 2024
  • Camp runs from 8am to roughly 5pm on both days
  • Located on the Mount Aloysius College campus, taught by Mount Aloysius College faculty
  • All participants will receive lunch, a t-shirt, a bag, and other materials.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to those who demonstrate respect, cultural understanding, and tenacity in learning ASL, which will be determined by the Deaf members of the ASL/EI Academy team.

Registration Requirements: Interested students who register will be required to complete and submit a video of the signed ASL alphabet. An ASL alphabet tutorial can be viewed here. Once a student’s registration is received, he or she will be emailed a link where the video can be uploaded.

Registration will open on February 16, 2024, and close when 25 participants have been accepted into the academy. Then, a waiting list will be started. A re-commitment form will be completed by participants in May.

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 18, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Arrival & Check In – Alumni Hall

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Welcome – Introduction of ASL/EI Majors and Staff
  • Introduction to ASL/EI and the ASL/EI major at Mount Aloysius College
  • Names and introductions in ASL
  • Name Game
  • The differences between the typical “hearing” culture and Deaf culture

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Family Signs
  • Family Tree Game

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch in Cosgrave

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Deaf Art and Art Activity

1:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Art Activity

3:05 p.m. -3:20 p.m. – Break

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Receptive Skills Improving Reception of Fingerspelling

4:00 – 4:45 pm

  • National Anthem
  • Pledge of Allegiance

4:50 p.m. – Return to Alumni Hall

5:00 p.m. – Departure

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 19, 2024

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – Arrival & Check In – Alumni Hall

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • National Anthem
  • Pledge of Allegiance

8:30 am – 9:00 am

  • Where Interpreters Work

9:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Classifiers Classifiers, Size & Shape

10:00 – 10:15 am – Break

10:15 am – 11:00 am

  • PaTTAN – Ms. Jennifer Craig – Community Partner Session

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Visual Space Management Improving Visual Recall & Memory

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch in Cosgrave

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

  • Directions
  • Hidden and Seek with Directions

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Numbers
  • Money
  • Games

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Elephant Game
  • Shape Game
  • Telephone Game

5:00 p.m. – Community Engagement Reception – Alumni Hall

Who will I be interacting with at the camp?

In addition to the other high school students in your group, you will interact with faculty members and staff from the department and a student currently majoring in ASLEI.

Where should I check in on campus?

We will start and end our days in the Alumni Hall  (Letter E on the Campus Map).

What will happen at the closing session?

At the closing session, we will recognize the students who completed the camp with their family members in attendance.  Students who complete both days will be awarded their scholarships.

What should I wear?

The profession of interpreting has standard expectations for professional dress. A goal of this camp is to provide attendees with a real introduction of the field.  We ask that attendees wear a solid colored top (black or dark gray to contrast skin tone), pull hair back and cover tattoos (if applicable), and remove any facial jewelry (if applicable). Shorts are appropriate for the academy.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes, lunch will be provided, and we will supply snacks during breaks in the morning and afternoon. We will be eating lunch in the college’s dining hall.

Is there any place we can stay if my family travels from a distance?

If your family is traveling from a distance, the Hampton Inn, 180 Charlotte Drive, Altoona, PA 16601, offers a discounted rate for the camp.  Your family can contact the hotel and ask for the Mount Aloysius College rate.

What happens if I feel ill or get sick while at the camp?

The college will have two onsite nurses available during the camp to assist participants who may become sick.

If I have any other questions, who should I contact?

Please direct any additional questions to Dr. Gale DeArmin at or (814) 886-6382.


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