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.)
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.
Earn the American Sign Language Basic Certificate in just two semesters by:
- Completing American Sign Language, Level 1 and passing the post-class assessment. (If you have previously taken a sign language class and you want to exempt Level 1, please let us know and we will make arrangements for you to take the assessment for Level I to see if you can place into Level 2.)
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.
- 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.
Earn the American Sign Language Advanced Certificate in just two semesters by:
- 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.
- 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
Athens Level 1 –
April 22, 2014 – June 24, 2014
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Athens Level 2 –
April 24, 2014 – June 26, 2014
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Athens Level 3 –
April 21 , 2014 – June 30, 2014
Mondays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gwinnett Level 1 –
April 19, 2014 – June 21, 2014
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Gwinnett Level 2 –
April 19, 2014 – June 21, 2014
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$199 – Standard Fee for each level
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.