Here are some reviews from past students who attended my classes over the years – perhaps you are curious about how they found the Sign Language classes – read on!
Lindy van Niekerk
June’s sign language course for beginners ticks all the boxes a course should : interesting, fun, social, mind broadening and stimulating. The course is superbly presented and never boring. We were provided with a very clear manual and the course material is relevant to every day life. I felt a huge sense of achievement after every lesson. I would recommend doing the course with a friend or family member, because, as June likes to say, you need to practice, practice, practice! Learning the basics of sign language has helped me immensely, not only on a personal level as a hearing aid wearer, but has also helped me to appreciate that deaf, hard of hearing or hearing, we all just love to communicate!
I attended a SASL course with June Bothma from February through to May 2013.
It was an amazing experience! The course was professionally run and the work manuscript clearly and thoughtfully set out. The cost of the course was very reasonable as well. The lessons were fun and full of laughter.
The highlight of the course for me was an evening we spent with June, her family and friends conversing only in sign language. The humour and laughter that they all brought to the class was a wonderful gift. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning sign language.
The course is great value because it provides a practical introduction to South African Sign Language and Deaf culture and enables me to communicate with deaf people. The Deaf tutor was engaging, witty and experienced and the course well put together. There was a brilliant lesson where tutor introduced us to other people from the Deaf community so we could practice interacting and observe the different sign accents.
It was personally good for me because I was a deaf person just arrived in SA and it was great to have that haven of sign language when I’m settling in to a new country without the safety net of interpreters or other services. Nice to remind me of my network of deaf and signing friends back home. I enjoyed learning signing with June, it really helped me feel more at home in a new country.
Aziza Davids – A letter to June
I am sad that our beginner course in sign language ends tonight. These classes were awesome and for me it was like meeting with “family & friends” every Monday even though I had no contact with the students during the week.
Your style of teaching has also greatly influenced my participation. Classes were fun and interactive. You have given your best attention and for that I thank you.
Yesterday I was able to sign with a deaf person!!! It happened spontaneously as I entered our local bakery and deaf lady was trying to obtain her telephonic order which was not ready…..I could then finger-spell and lip-read to a small degree and convey to the shop assistant what this woman wanted. As I interacted with this woman making signs and finger-spelling the other shoppers and bakery staff stood by watching with keen interest.
I encouraged all who were listening to attend your sign classes. Thank you so so very much.
P.S: thank you to all the guests of last week, it was absolutely inspiring to have had the experience of “talking and communicating” with all your guests.
I am so glad that I heard about the sign language course run by June – it has been so much fun and so exciting to learn a new language and to be able to now communicate with the Deaf. Sign language is so expressive and is the most fun I’ve had learning a language. I was worried that the classes would be stressful and that I wouldn’t be able to keep up – it was the opposite! The classes were relaxed and the pace was perfect for a beginner. I would recommend the course for everyone who is interested in learning sign language!
Learning the basics of sign language was for me a step closer to ticking off an item on my “bucket list”. Now its gone beyond that. June has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of interaction between the hearing and the deaf. She is an excellent teacher. Very patient, understanding, helpful and professional. I am so glad that I signed up and completed the course. I am looking forward to the advance class. I have also recommended the class to friends. A step further I have suggested that my sons class at Gaia Waldorf School take steps to learn the basics of sign language and I hope that I can have a demonstration for his class soon.
Thank you June for enriching my life with this much needed skill.
It was good and fruitful Mondays because I gained a lot by learning sign language. June, my facilitator created a very good and healthy learning environment and atmosphere for us to be able to be keen to learn sign language. We learned alphabets and how to communicate with the deaf person. We laughed and had interactive activities working in groups and taking turns to stand in front and do what you can from what she taught us. What I will also miss is June’s sense of humour when she is explaining something to us and makes us laugh while teaching us.
What I enjoyed also is the day when June invited deaf people to join us to have an opportunity to communicate and interact with them so that we can perfect our skills in sign language. As for me, I have gained a lot by attending this class because I am going to be able to implement it to my kids at school who have difficulty to communicate and also to the community. Looking forward to the advanced class in July.
Thank you June, you are a star
It was great getting to know June and to interact with the rest of my classmates.. I was so looking forward to doing this course as I wanted to do it since I can remember. I was weary at first but it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated – in fact, it was great fun. The key is to practice all the time as there are so many signs that you tend to get confused at times..PRACTICE, PRACTICE !!!!! Having been exposed to the deaf people of our community at one of our sessions, it really inspired me even more, that was a real eye-opener.. June was great fun, very helpful , extremely patient with us and an expert in her field of course ..I commend her for that.. Thanks again for the exposure to the deaf community and sharing so much of yourself with us.
I loved the course. It was very informative and fun. When you taught me at UCT, we unfortunately only had you teach us for 6 months, as we had a different lecturer for the first 6 months. She made me not enjoy SASL, but when you started lecturing us, it made me realise what an amazing language SASL is! When I saw you were doing this course, I immediately knew I wanted to learn more. The course was so much fun! You taught us how to use SASL in a practical and useful way which I appreciated. It took me out of my comfort zone and taught me a lot about myself and other people. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Thank you so much for the fantastic course!
Sheena and Claire Baissac
My daughter (15 years old) and I attended June Bothma’s beginners sign language course in 2014. We went because it sounded like a different and fun thing to do. I initially thought that maybe 15 weeks would be quite long, and that we would see how the course went and whether we would stay for the entire duration of the course.
Well was I mistaken…from the first week where we met Junes lovely family, and every week thereafter, June made the lessons so much fun. The hour and a half each week just flew by, and my daughter and I really looked forward to Tuesday evenings. We met such wonderful people on the course, and June opened our eyes to the world of the deaf.
We were so sad when the course came to an end, and are now considering doing the advanced course. June is the most amazing teacher, she is so encouraging and gets the best out of her students. I cannot recommend this course highly enough, I would say it is one of the best that I have attended and I would encourage everyone to do it.
Leanne and Esmien
I found that the SASL has opened my eyes to a whole new world that deaf people live in. It has given me the opportunity to communicate with the deaf and be a voice for them among the hearing people. I have really enjoyed learning SASL since it has been one of the things I have wanted to learn for a long time. I really appreciated that the course was affordable to me and the price is very reasonable for everyone. I loved having June as my sign language teacher, not only because she has experience but because her love and passion for ALL people is just so inspiring!
June gave me the opportunity to learn sign language through private lessons because of the fact that I am currently a first year student. I finished my beginners course during the holidays. What I loved about the private lessons were the fact that I had June’s full attention in order to help me master the signs. I learned to improve my signs faster by being able to communicate with her one on one. This gave me the opportunity to pick up extra signs along the way. I was able to understand and interpret what June was saying by just spending that time with her. I liked the fact that June was prepared with every lesson and had certain tasks for me to do every day. This helped me develop my sign language. June always went the extra mile in all aspects. She would make the lessons fun by playing games and even let us practice communicating with deaf people.
SASL has opened doors for me in many ways and I am truly grateful for June giving me the key to unlock those doors.
Being an introvert, I found that sign language forced me to stand up in front of the class and ‘say’ something. We all laughed at each others mistakes which helped me tremendously. The classes were great fun – we even celebrated birthdays with cake and tea/coffee/cool drink. We met June’s family who came to some of the classes to help us ‘sign’ with other people and we have kept in touch over the years. For fun and a good laugh I would recommend anyone to join these classes.
Thank you for being THE most amazing teacher ever (and I have had many wonderful teachers). You showed me the enormous value of words, and hearing, and thinking, and humour – and how some hearing people are sometimes very boring because we do not think when we speak! It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be with you – and your family and friends – during these past few months. I wish I’d met you earlier; I’m glad I’ve met you now.
I will practice until my hands stop hurting [SMILE] and then I’ll relax and smile for real.
Keep being the one and only YOU as you create a quieter but more active and meaningful world for everyone you meet.
Ramesh Meyyappan – from Singapore/Scotland
June is such a fantastic sign language instructor. Even though I am deaf I enjoyed my time watching and learning SASL in her class. She made us feel homely and welcomed! I strongly recommend anyone to go for her class!