Are you interested in learning conversational 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 Hard of Hearing.
  • Enhance your job skills – learning ASL will give you additional language skills for your current job or may open doors to new employment opportunities.
  • Learn a second language and spur your intellectual growth. (ASL is used internationally as a lingua franca, or bridge language.)

Snapshot

Format: Classroom or Online

Hours: 20  

Credits: 2.0 CEUs

Where: Athens & Gwinnett

When: Various dates

Cost: $209 Each

 

Conversational American Sign Language Classes

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/Hard of Hearing culture.

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/Hard of Hearing culture will be shared.

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.

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.

Conversational Basic Certificate

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

  1. Completing American Sign Language, Level 1 and passing the post-class assessment. “Completing” means to meet the attendance requirement and complete the assignments for the course. (If you have previously taken a sign language class and you are not sure at which Level you should begin, register for 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 or too advanced for you, 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 the Conversational ASL Basic Certificate if you do not complete both Levels 1 and 2.)
  2. Completing American Sign Language, Level 2 and passing the post-class assessment.

Conversational Advanced Certificate

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

  1. Completing American Sign Language, Level 3, which means meeting the attendance requirement, completing assignments, successfully passing the Expressive Skills assessment, and passing the post-class assessment.
  2. Completing American Sign Language, Level 4, which means meeting the attendance requirement, completing assignments, successfully passing the Expressive Skills assessment, and passing the post-class assessment. You must complete both Levels 3 and 4 to earn the Conversational Advanced Certificate.

Who Should Attend?

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

The class is open to students 18 years of age and up. Minors ages 15 to 17 may attend class but must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian who must be present with the student at all times in the classroom if class is face-to-face or in the room if class is online. We highly recommend that parents or guardians take advantage of this learning opportunity by signing up with their students. Please call our office at 706-542-3537 to register and to receive the parent discount. Please note that a request and agreement form for registration of a minor is required to complete the application. Call (706) 542-3537 for more information.

Course Information

Course Date Info: 

Online Classes

Online Level 1 – Register now
January 25 - March 29, 2022
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0529-017

Online Level 1 – Register now
January 29 - April 2, 2022
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#0529-019

Online Level 2 – Register now
February 3 - April 7, 2022
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0623-017

Online Level 3 – Register now
January 25 - March 29, 2022
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0626-011

Online Level 3 – Register now
January 29 - April 2, 2022
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#0626-013

Online Level 4 – Register now
January 27 - March 31, 2022
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0628-007

Online Level 4 – Register now
January 29 - April 2, 2022
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#0628-008

Athens Classroom Levels

Athens Level 1 – Register now
January 27 - March 231 2022
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0529-015

Gwinnett Classroom Levels

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
January 25 - March 29, 2022
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
#0529-016

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
January 27 – March 31, 2022
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0529-018

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
February 5 - April 9, 2022
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
#0529-020

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
February 1 – April 5, 2022
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0623-015

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
February 5 - April 9, 2022
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#0623-018

Course Format:
Classroom or Online

Location Info: 

Athens
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
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): 

$209 – Standard Fee for each level

Upon completion of the first course in a certificate program (ASL Basic or Advanced), students may be eligible for a discounted rate on the second course.

If you are a parent registering with a minor child, please call our office (706-542-3537) for the discounted parent fee.