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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: Sessions start February

Cost: $199 per level 

Register below

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
February 4, 2016 - April 7, 2016
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#86625

Athens Level 2 – Coming Summer 2016

Athens Level 3 – Coming Fall 2016

Athens Level 4 – Coming Fall 2016

Gwinnett Levels

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
February 2, 2016 - April 5, 2016
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#86627

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
February 6, 2016 - April 9, 2016
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#86630

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
February 4, 2016 - April 7, 2016
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#86628

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
February 6, 2016 - April 9, 2016
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#86631

Gwinnett Level 3 – Coming Fall 2016

Gwinnett Level 4 – Coming Fall 2016

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