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.
  • 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

 

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/hearing-impaired 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/hearing impaired 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.

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. “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 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.

Advanced Certificate

Earn the 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 Advanced Certificate.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals interested in learning basic 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: 

Packages

Online & Athens Beginner Certificate Package – Register now

Online & Athens Advanced Certificate Package – Register now

Online & Gwinnett Beginner Certificate Package – Register now

Online & Gwinnett Advanced Certificate Package – Register now

Spring Classes Online

Online Level 1 – Register now
February 11 - April 15, 2021
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93387

Online Level 1 – Register now
February 13 - April 17, 2021
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
#93388

Online Level 2 – Register now
February 9 - April 13, 2021
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93385

Online Level 2 – Register now
February 13 - April 17, 2021
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#93389

Online Level 3 – Register now
February 11 - April 15, 2021
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93386

Online Level 3 – Register now
February 13 - April 17, 2021
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#93390

Online Level 4 – Register now
February 9 - April 13, 2021
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93384

Athens Classroom Levels

Athens Level 1 – Register now
September 16 - November 18, 2021
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93658

Athens Level 2 – Register now
February 11, 2021 - April 15, 2021
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93171

Athens Level 3 – Register now
September 16 - November 18, 2021
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93660

Athens Level 4 – Register now
September 14 - November 16, 2021
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93661

Gwinnett Classroom Levels

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
February 9 - April 13, 202
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93169

Gwinnett Level 1 – Register now
February 13 - April 17, 2021
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#93170

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
February 11 - April 15, 2021
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93172

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
February 13 - April 17, 2021
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
#93173

Gwinnett Level 3 – Register now
June 3 - August 5, 2021
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93649

Gwinnett Level 3 – Register now
June 5 - August 7, 2021
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
#93650

Gwinnett Level 4 – Register now
June 1 - August 3, 2021
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#93654

Gwinnett Level 4 – Register now
June 5 - August 7, 2021
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#93655

COVID-19 Impact and Update

The University of Georgia’s primary commitment is the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students. Currently, the University of Georgia requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear appropriate face coverings while inside classrooms, facilities, and buildings. Classrooms will be configured to ensure that individuals will be able to practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies for workspaces will be available in classrooms and common areas.

If circumstances necessitate a shift to online/virtual learning, or a combination of online/virtual and face-to-face learning, students will be notified.

Course Format:
Classroom or Online

Location Info: 

Athens
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
See map: Google Maps

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
$370 – Beginner Certificate Package (Level 1 & 2)
$370 – Advanced Certificate Package (Level 3 & 4)