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Community Sign Language

The American School for the Deaf has been offering non-credit community sign language classes for over 45 years. Our American Sign Language (ASL) classes cater to three different groups: Adult, Youth, and Babies. And now introducing: Elementary age classes, for those ages 4-7 years old!
Classes provide a variety of resources designed to support the goals of the class. Learning any language requires time and practice. You will enjoy building your knowledge of ASL to communicate with a friend, family member, or colleague. Students learn best through communication activities including group practice, games, exercises, and dialogues. We have a supportive and enthusiastic community of teachers.

We hope you will join us!
**Due to COVID-19 precautions, our SUMMER 2021 session will continue to be a VIRTUAL Zoom class.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.**

**We are happily anticipating our FALL 2021 program to return to IN PERSON classes!  This is subject to health and safety guidelines. If the in person status should change between now and September, we will inform those who registered and present their options. **

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  • SUMMER 2021 Virtual Classes

    ASL CLASS FEE: $250 - **VIRTUAL**
    Additional person in the same household may join for an added $25 fee.

    Our American Sign Language (ASL) Classes are designed for all individuals, hearing or deaf, who want to learn how to communicate in ASL. The three levels offered advance in vocabulary and language structure, and touch on information related to Deaf Culture. Upon completing all levels, students should have a well-rounded knowledge of ASL vocabulary and structure that they can use conversationally.

    Classes will be held via Zoom (computer or iPad required) in an intimate 8-student class setting with one of our instructors.  

    Now open to Ages 13+

    SUMMER 2021 Session
    July 7th - August 10th, 2020

    CHOOSE EITHER: 

    MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS
    July 7th - August 9th
    Meets TWICE weekly - 10 sessions 
    • ASL I - 6-8pm
    • ASL II - 6-8pm
    TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
    July 8th - August 10th
    Meets TWICE weekly - 10 sessions 
    • ASL III - 6-8pm
     
  • Adult Sign Language Classes

    CLASS FEE: $250

    Our Adult American Sign Language (ASL) Classes are designed for all individuals, hearing or deaf, who want to learn how to communicate in ASL. The three levels offered advance in vocabulary and language structure, and touch on information related to Deaf Culture. Upon completing all levels, students should have a well-rounded knowledge of ASL vocabulary and structure that they can use conversationally.


    FALL 2021 Session
    September 7th - November 9th, 2020

    CHOOSE EITHER: 

    TUESDAYS
    September 7th - November 9th, 2021
    Meets weekly - 10 sessions 
    • ASL I - 4:30-6:30pm
    • ASL II - 6-8pm
    • ASL III - 6-8pm

    -OR-

    WEDNESDAYS
    September 8th - November 10th, 2021 
    Meets weekly - 10 sessions 
    • ASL I - 6-8pm
    • ASL II - 4:30-6:30pm


    TEXTBOOK
    Adult Sign Language Classes will be using the text:
    Learning American Sign Language: Level I & 2- Beginning Intermediate (2nd Edition)

    Following the text, the Adult Sign Language classes are divided into three levels:
    LEVEL I: UNITS #1-8
    LEVEL II: UNITS #9-16
    LEVEL III: UNITS #16-24
  • Youth Sign Language Classes

    CLASS FEE: $175

    Youth Sign Language classes are for ages 11-15. American Sign Language (ASL) is fun to learn! The class covers a wide variety of signs, phrases, games and activities.
     
    FALL 2021 Session
    September 7th - October 26th, 2020

    TUESDAYS
    September 7th - October 26th, 2021
    Meets weekly - 8 sessions 
    • ASL I - 4-5:30pm
    • ASL II - 4-5:30pm
     

    Textbook
    Students will be using the text:

    Signing Fun by Penny Warner

    Following the text, the Youth Sign Language classes are divided into two levels:
    LEVEL I: UNITS #1-12
    LEVEL II: UNITS #13-24
  • Elementary Sign Language Classes

    CLASS FEE: $125
    (Fee covers one adult & one child) Additional person: $10.00

    We're happy to now offer an Elementary age sign language classes! This will be for children ages 4-7. The class covers a wide variety of common signs, games, and activities to expose you child to this amazing language!

    Elementary Sign Language classes are for one adult and one child.
    If you are interested, you may register ONE additional adult for an additional fee.
     
    FALL 2021 Session
    October 2nd - October 30th, 2021

    Saturday Classes
    Saturday’s Elementary ASL class dates: October 2nd - October 30th
    Meets weekly (Total of 5 sessions)
    11am - 12pm


    Textbook
    The class will be utilizing the text:
  • Baby Sign Language Classes

    CLASS FEE: $125
    (Fee covers one adult & one child) Additional person: $10.00

    Baby Sign Language classes are for babies and toddlers up to 36 months. Participants will be using sign language as a tool to communicate and strengthen the bond with their babies. Wear comfortable clothes and bring either a yoga mat or a little rug for you and your baby to sit on.

    Baby Sign Language classes are for one adult and one child.
    If you are interested, you may register ONE additional adult for an additional fee.

    FALL 2021 Session
    October 2nd - October 30th, 2021

    Saturday Classes
    Saturday’s Elementary ASL class dates: October 2nd - October 30th
    Meets weekly (Total of 5 sessions)
    9:30am – 10:30am
Classes cancelled due to snow/instructor illness will be made-up. Class is subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment.

Contact Us

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    Krystal Sonidis 

    Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Executive Director
    Voice: 860.570.2399
REFUND POLICY: No refunds after the first day of class.
REGISTRATION: We must receive either payment, or a check payment pledge in order secure a spot on the roster. After you have completed the registration and payment forms, you will receive an e-mail verifying your registration.

DEADLINE: Must register/pay 2 weeks prior to class start date.
Failure to pay 2 weeks prior to class start date will result in being placed on the wait-list.

Minimum number of students required to run class.
Class is subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment.

To cancel a class registration or if you have a question please contact:
Krystal Sonidis
krystal.sonidis@asd-1817.org
(860) 570-2399

Send all Check payments to:
American School for the Deaf
Community Sign Language
139 N Main Street
West Hartford CT 06107
Attention: Krystal Sonidis

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