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ASL Grammatical Features

Please mark your calendars to join us for an

exciting learning opportunity for two full days


on June 13 and/or 14, 2024

9 am-4 pm CDT 

in Baton Rouge, LA.

See below for Registration details.

Presented in ASL Only


Supported by the

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf


Debra Teesdale

The Presenter

Debra Teesdale is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia since 2014.  Prior to this, she was a faculty member in American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and worked as an ASL Specialist at Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge. 


Additionally, Debra also taught ASL at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, Hawaii and Japanese ASL Signers' Society in Tokyo, Japan after receiving her BA in ASL and MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in 2000 and 2003, respectively. 

On a personal level, Debra loves red wines, traveling, and spending time with her children and their rescued animals, deafblind dog Stud Muffin, deaf cat Mary, partially blind cat Lexi, and hearing cat Calix besides the fish, Mr.Slick.      

Workshop Descriptions


Visualize and Sign This:
ASL Classifiers and 3D Space

Unlike a linear language, ASL uses 3D space, classifiers, movement, and constructed action (signer becomes a character) to convey concepts visually.

Learn various models on how to create and incorporate these specific grammatical features to clearly convey information in context.     


Stuck in ASL?

Let’s Get You Unstuck!  

Do you ever find yourself stuck in conveying complex information in ASL, while interpreting or teaching?

Learn various ways to convey complex information in ASL using temporal aspect, non-manual markers, space, and adverbial inflection.


Thursday, June 13, 2024


Friday, June 14, 2024

9:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

*The deadline to register is

June, 10 2024 @ 12pm  

No on-site registration

will be accepted.



Baton Rouge, LA


Cost: Free to LA Residents

*A light lunch MAY be provided

Register for ONE or BOTH options below. (If you plan to attend both days, please register for each day separately.)

Register for June 13, 2024

*No on-site registration will be allowed.

Register for June 14, 2024

*No on-site registration will be allowed.

LRID is an RID-approved CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This program is offered for 0.6 PS per day at the some content knowledge level.

RID CEUs have been requested.

Target audience: Working and aspiring interpreters and teachers of the Deaf

These trainings will be

presented in ASL only.

Interpreters will not be provided.

 Any other special requests must be received by June 3, 2024.

Special School District Requests:

Anyone who uses SSD's facilities must comply with campus rules, including: 

  • No smoking or other tobacco 

  • No alcohol 

  • No weapons 

  • Follow the posted speed limit, and park in parking spaces only (no parking on the grass) 

Workshop Objectives


Visualize and Sign This:
ASL Classifiers and 3D Space

​Participants will be able to:

  • list and incorporate classifiers 

  • demonstrate 3D space, movement, and constructed action accurately in context 

  • discuss and apply how to describe actions and objects without using individual signs in English word order during interpretation, teaching and/or communication.  


Stuck in ASL?

Let’s Get You Unstuck!  

Participants will be able to:

  • Strengthen and expand knowledge of ASL grammatical features 

  • Analyze and critique the structural differences between English and ASL 

  • Incorporate and utilize temporal aspect, non-manual markers, space, and adverbial inflection accurately in context  

Other Information


To receive RID/BEI CEUS and/or Certificate of Attendance, participants must attend sessions in their entirety.

LRID is committed to diversity both within the organization and within the profession of sign language interpreting. We promote an environment of mutual respect and free from bias. LRID shall not discriminate in matters of membership or professional development attendance on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, or gender identity, hearing status, marital status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.


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