Unlearning Words

Unlearning Words with Seth Gore

Sunday August 30th, 2020

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

This workshop is open to all IRID members for the discounted rate of $28.00, including CEUs

Anyone who is a current member of IRID as of August 10th will be sent an email with registration information soon.

IRID has plans for more member-exclusive workshops in the coming months so if you missed this one, make sure your membership is active for 2020-2021!



Do you wonder how and why Deaf signers look fluent? What makes hearing signers look hearing? What makes native signers so expressive and clear? What makes some ASL masters so good at being concise yet still being informative? How can a signer use classifiers more efficiently and precisely? Do you want to radically improve your use and understanding of ASL?

Unlearning Words is a workshop aimed to benefit anybody who wish to improve their expressive ASL style and informational conveying to a radical level. An interplay between lecture and interactive dialogue, this workshop aims to convey some deliberation on the topic of sign language expression, exploring the origins of words, their purpose and the effect they have on the processes of signing.

We hope to use this workshop as a spring board for interpreters and signers to unlock their true signing potential. With the right guidance and thinking, all people can discover ASL’s inherent efficiency and emotional fluency. ASL is truly efficient and can be expressed with a stunning clarity if used properly. However what is taught out there is frequently inefficient and contrasts with the actual organic and native learning that occurs among Deaf people.

This workshop will show you how words are surrogative in sign language and how you can recognize the underlying patterns that restrict your thinking, your expression, your signing. After this workshop, you will unlearn words and begin truly using your hands in a capacity you thought never possible.

This workshop is open to all current members of IRID, including ASL Interpreters, CDIs, Signers, Educators and anybody who wants to upgrade their signing skills.

Come learn how to 

  • recognize how sign language is more than the world of word/classifer signs

  • show understanding of what is the nature of spoken/written words and their influence on sign

  • be able to see how ‘wordless’ signing and gesture imparts a more direct and clearer meaning

  • gain self-awareness of wordiness and one’s own thinking modes

IRID is providing this workshop as an opportunity for safe, respectful learning and will not permit harassment, discrimination or horizontal violence based on another's comments, questions, schema, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other protected class.

Any requests for accommodation should be sent to sethjgore@gmail.com

CANCELLING/REFUNDING: We do understand that life happens and there are conditions over which we have no control, requiring some kind of change in plans. We ask that you provide a notice 24 hours before the workshop in order to get a refund or a transfer to the next workshop. Please send notice to sethjgore@gmail.com


Illinois RID is an RID-approved sponsor for RID continuing education activities. This program is approved for 0.2 CEUs in PROFESSIONAL STUDIES and assumes SOME knowledge of the topic. No partial CEU's provided.