Deaf Way Interpreting Services’ American Sign Language (ASL) classes engage the learner in both an academic and immersive learning environment.

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, all classes this summer will be offered via remote learning using the Zoom platform. Registrants will receive instructions by email on how to access the classes.

Registration is now open for Summer classes.

Level 1: BEGINNER American Sign Language Class

Date: May 4, 2021 – July 20, 2021 (Tuesdays)
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Course Description: The Beginner American Sign Language Class is an overview of basic vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar. Students will focus on mastering the basics of finger spelling, numbers, colors, facial grammar and sentence structure with a visual-gestural language. The instructor will seek to encourage students to think in signs instead of words. Working at a slower pace, the instructor and students will also learn and focus on conversational skills necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation in ASL with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of the language. There is no prerequisite regarding knowledge of ABC finger spelling, numbers or signs. An additional bonus includes developing an overall appreciation of this non-verbal, conceptual language.

Level 1: BEGINNER American Sign Language Class

Date: May 5, 2021 – July 21, 2021 (Wednesdays)
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Course Description: The Beginner American Sign Language Class is an overview of basic vocabulary, structure, syntax and grammar. Students will focus on mastering the basics of finger spelling, numbers, colors, facial grammar and sentence structure with a visual-gestural language. The instructor will seek to encourage students to think in signs instead of words. Working at a slower pace, the instructor and students will also learn and focus on conversational skills necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation in ASL with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of the language. There is no prerequisite regarding knowledge of ABC finger spelling, numbers or signs. An additional bonus includes developing an overall appreciation of this non-verbal, conceptual language.

Level 2: BASIC American Sign Language Class

Date: May 6, 2021 – July 22, 2021 (Thursdays)
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Course Description: Students in the Basic American Sign Language Class begin with an understanding that ASL is a visual-gestural language with its own structure, syntax and grammar. The Basic class goes beyond the learning content (assisting) students in signing concepts rather than words.  Students will incorporate aspects of Deaf Culture into the use of the language. Focus will be on the development of communication skills with the ability to expand discourse at a normal pace, based on prior knowledge of finger spelling, numbers and signing.