Allison Morrison
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Allison Morrison

Allison M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach and tutor in American Sign Language from the perspective of one who came into ASL and the Deaf community without a thought of being a professional in a related field. Still, I did become a professional interpreter, teacher, tutor, mentor and have been a service-provider, advocate and friend with many Deaf since 1984.

I want my students to learn that fear and anxiety in undertaking a new adventure are usually of our own making, and that learning about other cultures and languages by association with native users is so valuable.

Therefore, my classes are highly interactive and immersive; students will be required often to learn voice-off, role-play sign language / deaf experience situations, complete tasks between classes, and engage fully. Focus will be on conversational quality, grammatical structures, situational encounters, expressive and receptive language skills.

I will provide curriculum and, as needed, written information and videos used.

I offer:
1) Private lessons - Beginner to Advanced, 6-semester equivalent, 15- week sessions / semester equivalent, 45-60 minutes / class, 1-2 classes per week;
2) Small-group classes - Beginner to Advanced, as above;
3) Business / employer classes - Situational ASL for your specific industry / office need; typically 6 week sessions, 45-60 minutes / week;
4) Personal enrichment or Continuing Education Classes
4) Tutoring on all levels - interpreters, interpreting students, language students - typically 3 week sessions, 15-30 minutes.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Perhaps we can work together in your Sign Language education endeavor.

About Allison M.

My journey with ASL began at age 6 – from shy little friend to a Professional interpreter, teacher, tutor, mentor, workshop trainer, evaluator, agency owner, advocate, and friend. I began interpreting in 1984 and soon thereafter received my degree in Public Service - Interpreting / ASL; and thus have been involved in Sign Language and with the Deaf for more than 35 years.

My classes are tailored to the student(s), the student's goals and learning style, with the desire to help each student achieve a high level of fluency in the language and the community.

I offer online classes/sessions for now (on-location classes may be provided in the future on a class-by-class basis) currently including:
• Private classes (15 weeks) - Choose 45 or 60 min
• Semi-private classes (15 weeks) - Choose 60 min
• Business-specific classes (up to 6 weeks) - Choose 60 min
• Home-school classes (15 weeks) - Choose 45-60 min.
• Quick-chat and Tutoring sessions (as needed) - Choose 15
or 30 min.
o All classes include full evaluations for each student.
o Classes include 6 progressive semester-levels of 15
weeks each.
o Business classes are designed to flex to the specific
needs of the office, industry or group be taught.
NOTE: Most students begin with Level 1-A, even if familiar with the basics of signing. However, I can evaluate students with more extensive exposure to ASL for placement in higher levels.
Please: send me a message for more information or to ask questions. I'll respond as soon as possible!

I believe that total immersion is the best way to learn a language; so I incorporate experiential situations into each level and encourage students to find opportunities to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the Deaf. The methods I use are proven time and time again to produce positive and even rapid results.

Other than teaching ASL, I am an artist, landscape designer, border collie lover, and foodie. My daughter is bilingual ASL/English from infancy. My husband also signs fluently. Even our border collies understood sign language! This is our life. I would love to help you make it part of yours.

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Nathan
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I had some previous ASL lessons and exposure. However doing the class with Allison did help to polish my language skill and conversation skills. The class that I participated in was a mix of true beginners and some intermediate users. She was still able to make class fun and even challenging for me with the mix of learners.

She is fun and doesn't make learning overly serious. But you will be very equipped to hold a conversation with deaf friends and family.

Posted May 26, 2020
Shannon
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Allison's teaching method is fun and engaging. I have witnessed her teach ASL to students of all ages and backgrounds, and I'm convinced she can teach ASL to just about anyone!

Posted May 16, 2020

Experience

ASL Instructor and Interpreter
Apr 1984 - Present

Private Contractor

Community Interpreter: Community, religious, social, medical, law office, educational, counseling and other situations. Totaling more than 10,000 hours of non-institutional interpreting. ASL Teacher/Trainer: College, community, business, home-school groups and more. Professional and community workshops and training courses. Curriculum development. Numerous students have become interpreters, translators and other professionals in fields related to ASL and the Deaf community. Totaling more than 3,000 contact hours. This experience has been continuous, and at times contiguous to other avenues, since 1984.

Interpreter / Agency Owner
Sep 1995 - Dec 2009

Interpreter Services

Owner and lead interpreter of the second private Interpreter agency established in the state. Interpreter evaluator and mentor. Developer of classes and curriculum for client businesses, including medical office, manufacturing facility, community, law office, USPS, interpreter educational workshops and more Scheduling, interpreter evaluation, advocacy for the Deaf community, ADA understanding for clients, liaison between Deaf and Hearing clients and communities.

Interpreter / Tutor
Sep 1995 - May 1996

Greenville Technical College

Classroom interpreting, including office procedures, criminal justice, mechanics and core courses; tutoring of Deaf students in English; interpreted for Deaf students needing tutoring in mathematics and the sciences. Helped develop guidelines to be implemented for student attrition and readiness for higher learning.

Interim Coordinator of Services for the Deaf and the Blind and Interpreter / Lead Interpreter
Sep 1992 - Jun 1995

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind at Spartanburg Technical College

Classroom and college functions interpreter, then Coordinator of services for Deaf and Blind students and lead interpreter. Evaluated interpreters and matched to student needs; contributed to evaluations of student-readiness for college; interpreted in various classroom settings from language to machine shop; interpreted various school functions for internal and public events.

Education

APS - Public Service - Interpreting
Sep 1992 - Dec 1994

Spartanburg Technical College

Languages

American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

SCPI
Mar 1993

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

Sign Communication Proficiency Interview - Advanced
LPI - Level 3
Oct 1992

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

An early incarnation of an interpreter evaluation. "Language Proficiency Interview" used to evaluate the quality of the testing and for placement as students in ASL classes for Interpreting majors. Level 3 / Advanced (-) for direct placement in ASL 4 of 4.

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