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.)
American Sign Language Classes
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.
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.
Earn the American Sign Language Basic Certificate in just two semesters by:
- 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.
- Completing American Sign Language, Level 2 and passing the post-class assessment.
Earn the American Sign Language Advanced Certificate in just two semesters by:
- Completing American Sign Language, Level 3, successfully passing the Expressive Skills assessment, and passing the post-class assessment.
- Completing American Sign Language, Level 4, 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 in the classroom with the student at all times. We highly recommend that parents or guardians take advantage of the 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.
$209 – Standard Fee for each level
$370 – Beginner Certificate Package (Level 1 & 2)
$370 – Advanced Certificate Package (Level 3 & 4)
2.0 CEUs for each course
Fall and Spring Sessions:
You must attend 80% of the classes for each level. This means you cannot miss more than two classes per course.
You must attend 80% of the classes for each level. This means you cannot miss more than one class per course for the summer session. (The summer course is 8 weeks long, 2 1/2 hours per class. If the student misses more than one class, then it is less than 80%).