So I went along on Friday night to the Devonshire Arms in Bispham for the last Deaf Club of 2009. I wasn’t very active on the night and spent most of my time watching rather than engaging in conversations, as I felt a little bit rusty, but did manage to follow most of the conversations going on around me, which I was pleased about.
I was however a bit disappointed to find out that there won’t be another Deaf Club until the new year now ~8th Jan 2010, so I’ll be going for 7-8 weeks with no signing!
I’m starting to get a little bit apprehensive that when I get back into my lessons in the new year all my signs will be a bit shabby, so I’ll have to try and keep practising regularly, even if it is a little embarrassing to do on your own.
Most of the people who attended this weeks Deaf Club I have met before and they are mostly more advanced learners than me, at level 2 or level 3. I’m hoping that in the new year we will be able to encourage more new learners to come along and be a part of the community.
One of the conversation I did have that night was with Jan, my teacher from level one, asking if I would consider teaching some foundation classes in the new year. For the foundation level you don’t actually need to have a teaching qualification and I could go as far as to teach the first section (101) of level one without any teaching certificates.
I’m not sure how I feel about the offer at the moment, I’m losing a little confidence in my signing ability having hardly used it since my lessons finished in September. Hopefully once I get back into the swing of things I will be able to make a decision on the teaching, but any of your thoughts/comments on it would be greatly appreciated!