Karen Boyd

About

  • Office Hours:

    M-F, 11-11:50 am and Friday, 2-4 pm
  • Role:

    Adjunct
  • Concentration:

    • American Sign Language
  • Department:

    • Languages, Literatures and Culture

Biography

Karen Boyd was born deaf to deaf parents and American Sign Language is her native language. She began her professional career in teaching American Sign Language at the post-secondary level in 1993.

Karen has taken courses in linguistics, education, and psychology, and she received her master’s degree in bilingual education with the School of Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

She travels to present ASL linguistics-related workshops, and teaches in classrooms and online. Karen also has mentored Interpreter Preparation Program interns and professional sign language interpreters. Her main areas of research are ASL linguistics and bilingualism, and her M.A. thesis examined second-language learner perceptions of spatial tracing constructions in ASL.

Courses

  • LSGN 109 – American Sign Language 1

    Introduces basics of American Sign Language skills and Deaf Culture; designed for students who have limited/no knowledge of ASL, focusing on receptive and expressive skills in basic conversations, dialogue, and vocabulary development.

  • LSGN 110 – American Sign Language 2

    Expands knowledge of/experiences in American Sign Language skills and Deaf Culture; develops communicative competence at beginning level focusing on receptive and expressive skills in basic conversations, dialogue, vocabulary development.

  • LSGN 281A1 – American Sign Language 4