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American Sign Language

Contributed by Nancy Kotmel on 03/19/14 

Have you ever wanted to learn a language but struggled with verbal languages like French or Spanish? Have you been out of school for a while and nervous about taking a class? Would you enjoy learning another language and culture in a fun, relaxed, “hands-on” environment? Do you want to “brush-up” on old ASL skills? If so, you are invited to register for Beginner's American Sign Language I and Beginner's American Sign Language II this spring.

These courses are an introduction to the linguistic features and core vocabulary needed to develop basic communicative competence in ASL. Students learn basic ASL grammar and apply this knowledge when using ASL to ask and answer questions, introduce themselves, exchange personal information, talk about family and friends, talk about surroundings, provide descriptions, and discuss activities.

Discussion of deaf culture is infused throughout the course. Practicing conversations and active participation in and out of class are required.

Both are eight-week, noncredit courses.

Beginner's American Sign Language I
May 13-July 1, 2014
TUESDAYS 4:30-6:00 pm
Ithaca College Hill Center ROOM G22
1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Beginner's American Sign Language II
May 15-July 3, 2014
THURSDAYS 4:30-6:00 pm
Ithaca College Hill Center ROOM G22
1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Visit the website for more information and to register.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Extended Studies at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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