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International Sign Institute

International Sign Institute: August 6 - 10 2018 with Nigel Howard

Due to increasing global interconnectivity through social media, travels, conferences and such, more and more people are interested in learning International Sign (IS).  The aim of this course is to develop the skill and ability to use and produce international signs, and at the same time how to minimize native sign language (for example, ASL) intrusions or  influences.  The workshop is highly interactive ample opportunity daily for participants to practice.   There will be a brief history of the evolution of International Signs and how it differs from gestuno, gestures, etc.  Additionally, there will be discussions about recognizing and being aware/sensitive of potential imposition of IS upon native sign languages, and how to keep them separate.

  • For those who live outside of the Vancouver area, please contact Nigel Howard for accommodation.  It will be free; however, it is strongly encouraged to donate a minimum of $50 which will go towards the Deaf Youth programs.  
 Course Title: International Sign
 Course Number:  ASLC 500
 CRN: 21293
 Course Dates: August 6 - 10 2018 (5 days)
 Course Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm
 Tuition: $700.00 (no GST)

About the Instructor

Nigel Howard works as an instructor at Douglas College in the Program of Sign Language Interpretation, and Child, Family and Community Studies (CFCS), and University of Victoria in the Department of Linguistics. He is on the Board of Editors for International Journal of Interpreter Education (IJIE) and is the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters’ (WASLI) North America Representative. Nigel provides presentations, workshops and training on varying topics/subjects around the world such as Interpreting in Medical Settings, Deaf Interpreter, Deafhood and Global Communities, interpreter professional development and so forth. Nigel has worked as a Deaf Interpreter for over 20 years in settings like: medical, mental health, legal, theatre, community, and conference – locally, nationally and internationally. Nigel is also a Deaf Interpreter for the United Nations.



  • To register, please call the Registration Office at 604-527-5472
  • If you already have a Douglas College Student ID, you may register online.