American Sign Language I: The Basics

American Sign Language (ASL), the primary language of most Deaf people in the US and Canada, is growing in popularity and necessity. This introductory course will expand your knowledge of fingerspelling, basic vocabulary, sentence structure, and expressive and receptive comprehension. Learn through a variety of paired, small-group and whole-class activities that rely heavily on student interaction and participation. Gain the ability to understand conversations on basic topics, exchange information, and have cultural awareness of the Deaf Community. We will also explore the Deaf Community as a linguistic and cultural minority. Classes are conducted through the use of no-voice instruction to the extent possible in order to elevate your visual language acquisition skills. This course will prepare you to engage with native users of ASL both personally and professionally. Registering at least two weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.  Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email or call 212-998-7250.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Beginner-level ASL Skills
  • Proficiency in Non-Manual Indicators
  • Basic Understanding of Deaf Culture and Community

Ideal for

  • Absolute Beginners to ASL
  • Individuals who have some knowledge of the ASL alphabet
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.