Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Sandra Lygren
Division of Humanities and Education
Professor of Language and Communication
Director, Deaf Studies

     Office: A103
     Extension: x2748

M.Ed., Boston University
B.S., Bridgewater State College

I strive to create learning environments and activities that enable active participants to not only learn content, but also, to learn how to, and how they best, learn. 

At a commencement speech for Gallaudet University, Jesse Jackson said, "The problem is not that deaf students do not hear. The problem is that hearing people do not listen."  I guess, above all, I hope my teaching inspires students to develop their own life-long commitment to learning something they love, ensures that they don't use knowledge gained in my classes to (unintentionally) harm Deaf people and challenges their assumptions so they can listen.

Courses Taught:
ASL 101 Elementary American Sign Language I
ASL 102 Elementary American Sign Language II
ASL 181 Visual/Gestural Communication
ASL 201 Intermediate American Sign Language I
ASL 202 Intermediate American Sign Language II
ASL 284 ASL/Deaf Studies Capstone Seminar
DST 101 Introduction to Deaf Studies
DST 110 Deaf Culture
DST 151 Deaf History
DST 210 The Deaf Community in Society

DST 251 Deaf Literature and ASL Folklore

SLPI level Superior
EIPA level 4.9
C-Print Certification, National Technical Institute of the Deaf

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
Hoy Council for ASL Workforce Development, member

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.
Bristol Community College, Silver Shield Award
Bristol Community College, Scepter and Scroll
Bristol Community College, Employee of the Month

Interpreting, ASL acquisition