American Sign Language
Are you interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL)? Learning ASL will allow you to communicate using the 3rd most common language used in the United States. ASL is now recognized as a foreign language at the college level and is beginning to be offered in more high schools as a foreign language as well. Learning to sign can open many opportunities for growth in both your personal and professional life and it’s a lot of fun too!
Beginner ASL (Level 1) No previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) is required. This class will introduce students to basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling (ASL Alphabet), numbers, the history of ASL, Deaf Culture, and much more. Vocabulary signs will focus on family signs, color signs, food signs, emergency signs, simple conversational phrases, songs in sign, and much more through a variety of hands on activities, games, small group activities, guest speakers and lectures. All materials for the class are covered in the registration fee.
Intermediate ASL(Level 2) This level 2 class is designed for students that have completed the Beginner ASL (Level 1 class) or have been introduced to American Sign Language previously and have a basic understanding of the vocabulary signs outlined in the class description for level 1. The level 2 class is designed to build on the basic knowledge covered in level 1 with a more in-depth study of the grammatical structure, syntax, handshapes and classifiers of ASL. It is required that students have already taken the Beginner ASL class before enrolling in the Intermediate Level 2 class or have a conversation with the instructor for placement purposes.
**It is required that students complete the Beginner ASL class before enrolling in the Intermediate Level 2 class or have a conversation with the instructor for placement purposes.**
ASL Club: You must have already completed or be currently enrolled in either of the classes in order to be a part of the ASL Club. The ASL Club is designed to provide additional time with the instructor outside of class time to practice signing with other students, have questions answered, play games, and have discussions related to ASL, Deaf Culture, etc. There will also be an opportunity to help fundraise for various deaf schools and community organizations in our area.
Instructor: Angela Easter
Class Day and Time: Thursdays: ASL Club – 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Intermediate Class: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Beginner Class: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: ASL Club - $25 for 6 weeks, Beginners/Intermediate Classes - $85 for 6 weeks