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Workshops

Communicating With the Deaf in Emergency Situations

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Innovative Learning is pleased to be working in partnership with the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf in the development and delivery of this workshop.

This 10 hour (2 day) interactive workshop will introduce participants to strategies and techniques for dealing with individuals in the deaf community in first contact emergency situations. Participants will learn the ASL alphabet, basic sign language for emergency situations, and communication strategies to be able to calm, reassure, assess and obtain contact and other necessary information. Participants will also spend time learning about deaf culture in order to have a better understanding on how to communicate with individuals in the deaf community. The workshop is designed to apply what is learned in practice scenarios.

No previous knowledge of Sign Language is required to take this workshop.

At the end of the workshop, participants receive a USB with over 100 practice videos to review the material covered in the workshop and a Humber College Certificate of Participation.

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Watch the video on "Communicating with the Deaf in Emergency Situations". 


Communicating With the Deaf: Working With Young Children

This five-hour interactive workshop will introduce participants on how to use American Sign Language (ASL) in educational settings with young children (i.e. early childhood learning centres, kindergarten and preschool classes, etc.). Participants will learn strategies and techniques to use with Deaf and hard of hearing children. They will also develop skills for interacting with Deaf parents and family members. The ASL alphabet, numbers, basic sign language words, phrases and sentences to use when communicating with Deaf children will be taught in the workshop. These skills will assist in breaking down barriers and encourage interactions between Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children. Participants will also spend time learning about Deaf culture in order to have a better understanding on how to communicate with individuals in the Deaf community. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in practice scenarios.

No previous knowledge of Sign Language is required to take this workshop.

At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a USB with practice videos to review the material covered in the workshop and a Humber College Certificate of Participation.


Grammar Crash Course for Workplace Writing

Solid grammar skills are a sign of professional competence and a desirable asset for employment and promotion. The Grammar Crash Course for Workplace Writing is an intense, fast-paced workshop for professionals who wish to enhance their skill-set by improving the clarity and accuracy of their writing. We will cover the top grammar and punctuation errors that compromise professional communication and provide hands on practice using a variety of current workplace documents. Participants are invited to bring their grammar questions and their own documents for feedback. Students who complete the workshop will receive a Humber College Certificate of Participation.


Interview Skills Workshop: ESL

An interview provides the opportunity for an organization and a candidate to share information and determine if they are a good fit for the company. This workshop has been designed to prepare participants for interviewing in the Canadian job environment. Participants will learn skills to help them express past experiences as well as future goals, understand how to answer hypothetical questions and answer common interview questions. Participants will also learn about the Canadian interview process and have an opportunity to put their new skills into practice.

Interview Skills Workshop


Math for Moms and Dads (How to Tutor Your Children)

Do you ever struggle helping your children with their homework? Do you feel nervous when faced with math problems? This three hour hands-on Math for Moms and Dads (How to Tutor Your Children) workshop is designed to help parents become better tutors to children of all ages. Participants will be introduced to ways to better support their children in the learning process, achieve success in completing homework, and understand ways to help their children be more successful in their learning outside the classroom. Parents will also learn how to set goals, recognize challenges and be introduced to a variety of strategies to use when tutoring their children. In this workshop, parents will work with specific math problems applicable to the Ontario math curriculum. Although this workshop focuses on Math, the tutoring skills can be applied to all subject areas and grades. Parents will also be provided with resources to use at home.

Workshops are held in Toronto and Hamilton. For Hamilton participants, please register for the “Off Campus - Section 3X3” workshops. Hamilton Workshops are held at Westdale Secondary School. Prior to the workshop, you will receive an email with classroom information. 

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Teaching Young Children in ESL/EFL Classes Workshop

Often times TESL trained teachers go overseas and find themselves in front of a classroom of young children with no experience of how to teach them. This four-hour workshop on Teaching Young Children in the ESL/EFL classroom will provide participants with practical strategies that can be used in an English language classroom full of young learners whether in Canada or overseas.  Participants will learn classroom management strategies and reward systems and how to create a supportive learning environment and activities that can be used with young learners.  Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how the activities and materials used in adult learning language classes can be adapted for young children.

TESTIMONIALS

"As a future nurse, I want to be able to provide the best care as possible to anyone I may encounter. After attending this workshop, I have gained skills on how to communicate with the deaf. The workshop was ever so life changing, especially on how important it is to communicate with individuals in the Deaf community. I learned how to sign questions that I can definitely use in the workforce like, where is your pain, have you taken any medications, how are you feeling. It was such an amazing workshop, the instructors just made it so much fun to learn! I would definitely recommend this workshop to everyone, especially individuals who will be present during emergency situations - it will make a difference in the care provided to individuals who are hearing impaired." - Cheyenne Hosein


"Having been with Lisa and Cathy for only 2 days, I have deepened my understanding of the deaf culture and I feel so pleased to be able to communicate with people using Sign Language. In particular, if I came across an emergency situation requiring Sign Language, I could assist through the use of ASL. This workshop also inspires me to volunteer in the field. The teachers were passionate in their presentation and the classmates were very supportive of one another in the learning process. This workshop was terrific!" - Yulian Liao

"I have been in Canada for almost 11 years and this is the first time I ever interacted with anyone from the Deaf community. As a nursing student here at Humber, I found that the ASL workshop was useful in preparing me for emergency situations involving the Deaf community and I have already recommended it to all my friends as a great way to learn and be prepared for any instances involving individuals in the deaf community.” - Thaila Rawlins

"I attended the ALS workshop in April. It was one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. I walked into the class knowing nothing about sign language, and by mid day I was able to ask questions, and add to conversations. Lisa the professor is absolutely wonderful, she makes the experience. After the program ended I thought seriously about continuing my education in a program with Lisa and sign language. I think it's definetly something that will benefit me and my hopes in becoming a police officer." - Marleah Richards
 

Other Training Options

Study Sign Language

For those interested in continuing to study Sign Language, check out our Sign Language 1 class.

Workshops for Your Organization

Arrange workshops for your organization on site, with dates and times of your choice. Parking on campus is free.