ASL Class Problem
Hello everyone on AD. Maybe you can help me with a few problems I'm having.
I'm taking ASL Level 5 at a university (Continuing Education). I'm the only person in the class who is taking learning ASL so seriously that I practice 2 hours a day (by myself with a camera so I can watch and get depressed at my signing later). The problem is, we're not really learning ASL. We're learning SEE and I don't want to learn SEE. I've taken other classes at the university and they were in ASL. I think the problem is the instructor who, to make life easier for the other students, signs in SEE.
That leads me to the fact that only one other person in the class has the vocabulary of Level 5 and that's because she works at a school for the Deaf. Unfortunately, she also signs SEE and not ASL. Everyone else in the class uses their voices when they don't understand. By this time, they should know the signs for words like "vocabulary" and "lights", but they don't.
Also, as much as I like my instructor, we aren't really learning anything. She tells us all about her life, while interesting, does nothing to help further my knowledge of this beautiful language. Although, her 10 minute stories have assisted in my comprehension of ASL, I'm not quite sure I'll be able to go to the next level. Assignments are given and we do go over them but most of the class is spent being told about her life. It's a 2 hour class; 1 1/2 hours are my instructor's life story.
I don't want to complain to the chair of the department because I don't want anyone to lose their job, but learning ASL is so important to me that I'm taking classes elsewhere as well. That school is fine, but the university hold more weight when applying to the Interpreter Program.
What should I do?