American Sign Language, Levels 1 - 4

Are you interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL)? Do you know others who are interested? There are many reasons to learn ASL:

  • Communicate effectively with family and friends who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
  • Advance your career — learning ASL can open doors to new employment opportunities or take your career to the next level.
  • Learn a second language and spur your intellectual growth. (ASL is used internationally as a lingua franca, or bridge language.)

Snapshot

  • Format: Classroom

    Hours: 20 hours / 2.0 CEUs

    Where: Athens & Gwinnett

    When: Starts Sept., see below

    Cost: $199 per level 

The University of Georgia offers extensive programs in American Sign Language. You can earn both Basic and Advanced Certificates in classroom courses offered at UGA’s Athens or Gwinnett campuses.

Basic Certificate

Earn the American Sign Language Basic Certificate in just two semesters by:

  1. Completing American Sign Language, Level 1 and passing the post-class assessment. (If you have previously taken a sign language class and you are not sure at which Level you should begin, register for Level I or Level 2, attend the first class and take the assessment that is given the first day. If you pass the assessment, and after attending the first class, feel that it is too basic for you (Level I) or too advanced for you (Level 2), talk with the instructor, and he/she will help you decide if you should transfer to a different Level. Keep in mind that you will not be eligible for an ASL Basic Certificate if you do not complete both Levels.)

    In Level I, you will become familiar with basic ASL vocabulary, some finger-spelling, and ASL grammar to construct simple sentences. You will also participate in visual and receptive skill-building and will learn about the deaf/hearing-impaired culture.

  2. Completing American Sign Language, Level 2 and passing the post-class assessment. In Level 2, you will continue to learn even more sign language gestures, finger-spelling, ASL grammar and vocabulary to express more complex ideas and sentences. Additional information on the deaf/hearing impaired culture will be shared.

Advanced Certificate

Earn the American Sign Language Advanced Certificate in just two semesters by:

  1. Completing American Sign Language, Level 3 and passing the post-class assessment. Level 3 focuses on intensive vocabulary building, ASL sentence construction and telling short stories for conversations in ASL. You will learn the proper way of using classifiers, topicalization of subjects and objects, and skills for informative story telling.

  2. Completing American Sign Language, Level 4 and passing the post-class assessment. Level 4 focuses on further developing vocabulary and building confidence in signing sentences and conversing in ASL. You will expand your skills for describing a sequence of activities and expressing ideas, opinions, and preferences.

All classes are open to students 16 years of age and up.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals interested in learning basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary, finger-spelling, and ASL grammar 

Course Information

Course Date Info: 

Athens Levels

Athens Level 1 – Register now
September 8, 2014 – November 10, 2014
Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
#84365

Athens Level 2 – Register now
September 9, 2014 – November 11, 2014
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
#84366

Athens Level 3 – Register now
September 11, 2014 – November 13, 2014
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
#84367

Gwinnett Levels

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
September 9, 2014 – November 11, 2014
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
#84368

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
September 13, 2014 – November 15, 2014
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
#84369

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
September 13, 2014 – November 15, 2014
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
#84370

Gwinnett Level 3 – Register now
September 13, 2014 – November 14, 2014
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
#84371 

Course Format: 
Classroom
Location Info: 

Athens
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
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Gwinnett
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
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Course Fee(s): 

$199 – Standard Fee for each level

Continuing Education Information: 

2.0 CEUs for each course

2.0 Professional Learning Units (PLUs) for all levels
To receive PLUs, teachers in Georgia must complete and submit this Prior Approval Form before starting the class. 

Dr. Ashia James studied American Sign Language at the American Sign Language Institute in New York, has taken ASL courses with Georgia Perimeter College, attended Interpreter workshops with the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and completed the Basic Interpreter Training Program at the University of Tennessee. She has done some work as a part-time interpreter, English tutor of graduate level Deaf students, and served as an instructor of ASL in the Continuing Education Department of New Jersey City University prior to teaching at The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Dr. James' numerous academic achievements include an Associates Degree in Fashion Design, Bachelors in Occupational Education, a Masters in Teaching & Training Online, and a PhD in Education. 

The following books are required for the Basic Certificate and can be purchased from Amazon.com or other bookstore:

  • Learning American Sign Language: Levels I & II – Beginning & Intermediate, Second Edition, 2004. Tom L. Humphries and Carol A. Padden, DVD is optional.
  • The American Sign Language Phrase Book, 2011.  Barbara Bernstein Fant and Lou Fant, DVD (optional)
  • Barron’s 500 Flash Cards of ASL (optional)

The following book is required for the Advanced Certificate and can be purchased from Amazon.com or other bookstore:

  • The American Sign Language Phrase Book, 2011.  Barbara Bernstein Fant and Lou Fant, DVD