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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!
Click each description for further information. 

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  • Adult Sign Language Classes—Click to Expand

    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.

    Summer 2019 Session
    July 1, 2019 - July 31, 2019

    Monday/Wednesday Classes
    Monday/Wednesday class dates: July 1, 2019 - July 31, 2019 – Meets twice weekly; (Total of 10 sessions)

    **REGISTRATION CLOSED**
     
    Fall 2019 Session
    September 3, 2019 - November 6, 2019

    Tuesday Classes
    Tuesday class dates: September 3, 2019 - November 5, 2019 - Meets weekly; (Total of 10 sessions)
    ASL 1: 4:30 - 6:30pm
    ASL 2: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    ASL 3: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    - OR -
    Wednesday Classes
    Wednesday class dates: September 4, 2019 - November 6, 2019 - Meets weekly; (Total of 10 sessions)
    ASL 1: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    ASL 2: 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—Click to Expand

    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.

    Summer 2019 Session
    July 1, 2019 - July 24, 2019

    Monday/Wednesday Classes
    Monday/Wednesday class dates: July 1, 2019 - July 24, 2019 – Meets twice weekly; (Total of 8 sessions)

    **REGISTRATION CLOSED**
     

    Fall 2019 Session
    September 3, 2019 - October 22, 2019

    Tuesday Classes
    Tuesday class dates: September 3, 2019 - October 22, 2019 – Meets weekly; (Total of 8 sessions)
    ASL 1: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
    ASL 2: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

    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—Click to Expand

    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 2019 Session
    October 5th - November 2nd 

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

    Textbook
    The class will be utilizing the text:
  • Baby Sign Language Classes—Click to Expand

    CLASS FEE: $125
    (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 2019 Session
    October 5th - November 2nd 

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

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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 of 12 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