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: $219 Each

 

 

Conversational American Sign Language Classes

In Level I, you will become familiar with basic fingerspelling, as well as ASL vocabulary and grammar to construct simple sentences. You will also participate in visual and receptive skill-building and learn about the Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture.

In Level 2, you will further your fingerspelling skills and deepen your knowledge of ASL grammar and vocabulary to express more complex ideas and sentences. Additional information on the Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture will be shared.

In Level 3, you will focus on intensive vocabulary building, ASL sentence construction and storytelling for conversations. You will learn the proper way of using classifiers, topicalizing subjects and objects, and basic skills for informative storytelling.

In Level 4, you will develop vocabulary and build 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 American Sign Language Certificate

Earn your Certificate by completing the requirements for Levels 1 – 4.

If no prior American Sign Language course work or experience:

  1. Register for Level 1
  2. Attend at least 8 out of 10 class sessions for each level.
  3. Pass the Expressive Skills assessment (for Levels 3 & 4 only)
  4. Pass the Receptive Skills assessment with a score of 80% or higher for each level.
  5. Present a final project for each level.

If you have prior American Sign Language course work or experience, you may be eligible to fast-track your certification. To determine your eligibility:

  1. Register for the Level 2 class.
  2. Take the assessment given on the first day of class.
  3. Meet with your instructor for placement recommendation.
  4. Transfer into recommended level, as needed. Earning the certificate is still achievable with just completing Levels 3 and 4.

If you were enrolled in ASL courses before Level 1 Fall 2022, you are still covered by the eligibility requirements for the ASL Basic and Advanced Certificates. This certificate program will be phased out by Fall 2023.

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
September 13 - November 15, 2022
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0529-026

Online Level 1 – Register now
September 17 - November 19, 2022
Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
#0529-030

Online Level 2 – Register now
September 17 - November 19, 2022
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#0623-024

Online Level 2 – Register now
September 15 - November 17, 2022
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0623-023

Online Level 3 – Register now
September 13 - November 15, 2022
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0626-017

Online Level 3 – Register now
September 17 - November 19, 2022
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
#0626-018

Online Level 4 – Register now
September 15 - November 17, 2022
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0628-010

Athens Classroom Levels

Athens Level 1 – Register now
September 13 - November 15, 2022
Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0529-027

Gwinnett Classroom Levels

Gwinnett Level 2 – Register now
September 14 - November 16, 2022
Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
#0623-025

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): 

$219 – Standard Fee for each level

Upon completion of the first course in the certificate program, students will be eligible for a discounted rate on the next course.

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