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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 2020 session has been transformed into an alternate VIRTUAL Zoom class.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Please expand the Summer Program below for more information.  At this time, we anticipate our Fall classes to resume as usual.  If anything changes, we will alert anyone who is registered.**

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  • SUMMER ASL PROGRAM - A Touch of ASL

    CLASS FEE: $125
    Additional person in the same household may join for an added $25 fee.

    **VIRTUAL CLASS**

    Stuck at home during quarantine?  Always wanted to learn sign language?  Our Summer Program will give you that touch of ASL that you've been craving!  

    This summer program is designed to get your feet wet with ASL, or to help keep your skills up during the summer break.  Classes will be held via Zoom (computer or iPad required) in an intimate 6-student class setting with one of our instructors.  Based on your skill level, our experienced instructors will tailor the class to meet the needs of the group--be it starting from scratch, or looking to continue/improve the skills you already have.  

    Register for the class time that best fits your schedule, fill out the Placement Assessment Form, and you will be placed into a group of your peers!  Ages 13+


    SUMMER 2020 Session
    July 13th - August 13th 2020
    CHOOSE EITHER: 

    MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS
    July 13th - August 12th, 2020
    Meets twice weekly - 10 sessions 
    • 4:30-5:30pm
    OR
    • 7-8pm

    OR


    TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
    July 14th - August 13th, 2020
    Meets twice weekly - 10 sessions 
    • 4:30-5:30pm
    OR
    • 7-8pm

    Seating is limited - first come, first serve
    No book purchase required
    No completion certificate / non-credited classes
  • 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 2020 Session
    September 15th - November 17th 2020
    CHOOSE EITHER: 

    TUESDAYS
    Tuesdays, September 15th - November 17th, 2020
    Meets weekly - 10 sessions 
    • ASL I - 4:30-6:30pm
    • ASL II - 6-8pm
    • ASL III - 6-8pm

    -OR-

    WEDNESDAYS
    Wednesdays, September 16th - November 18th, 2020 
    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 2020 Session
    September 15th - November 3rd 2020

    TUESDAYS
    September 15th - November 3rd
    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 2020 Session
    September 26th - October 24th

    Saturday Classes
    Saturday’s Elementary ASL class dates: September 26th - October 24th
    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 2020 Session
    September 26th - October 24th 

    Saturday Classes
    Saturday’s Baby ASL class dates: September 26th - October 24th
    Meets weekly (Total of 5 sessions)
    9:30am - 10:30am
Classes cancelled due to snow will be made-up. Class is subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment.

Contact Us

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    Krystal Sonidis 

    Administrative Assistant
    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 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