Modern and Classical Languages
Matthew   Parkhurst

Matthew Parkhurst

Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Parkhurst is a graduate of California State University, Northridge. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from CSUN in Deaf Studies, a Master of Arts degree in Deaf Education, and holds both a Multiple Subject and an Education Specialist Teaching Credential in Deaf and Hard-of-hearing.
"Second languages are best learned when instruction is given in the target language. In my experience, I have discovered that the best methods for teaching ASL to students of diverse backgrounds involve leaving non-ASL languages outside the classroom. This transcends barriers that might arise from having students with varying communicative skills in English, and also builds on students' receptive skills. When teaching beginning ASL, an emphasis should be placed on building receptive skills before expressive skills. By teaching exclusively in the target language for introduction of ASL vocabulary, linguistic features, and cultural behaviors, all students are on equal footing.
Also integral to teaching ASL is providing students with opportunities to broaden their knowledge and skills at Deaf community events. Because language and culture are inexorably linked, I incorporate a strong emphasis on Deaf Culture into the curriculum."
Since completing his degree program in Interpreting for the Deaf, Matthew has interpreted in many settings, including educational, legal, medical, religious, platform, and performance. He has shared the stage with countless performers, including Pat Benetar, Maci Gray, Patti LaBelle, Third Eye Blind and Cyndi Lauper. He also worked as a language coach on the set of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.