American Sign Language classes are intended to facilitate communication among hearing, hard-of-hearing and deaf individuals. Classes are offered in 14-week increments in the spring and fall and meet on Wednesday evenings at the Willie Ross main campus in Longmeadow.
Baby Sign classes are also offered in partnership with Square One. Research has found that hearing infants who learned to sign had better language skills than those who did not.
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels will be presented using a simultaneous communication approach.
Level 1 - ASL AT WORK book Unit 1-5
For students who have no previous experience in sign language or finger-spelling. Students will learn the manual alphabet and to combine words to form simple sentences.
Level 2 - ASL AT WORK book Unit 6-10
For students who possess a strong basic sign language vocabulary and fluency in expressive and receptive communication. Emphasis will be on development of vocabulary and conversation.
Level 3 - ASL AT WORK book Unit 11-16
For those students who have completed the intermediate level. They will still continue to use the ASL AT WORK book that is based on vocabulary and fluency in expressive and receptive communication. There will be more emphasis placed on the development of vocabulary and everyday relationships of daily work life and conversation.
Level 4 - Advance Conversation (NO BOOK)
The course will emphasize receptive and expressive discourse with ASL users, focus on non-manual signals, complex grammatical constructions, and idiomatic expressions. Also, ASL users will study with an emphasis on the phonological, morphological, semantic, syntactical, idiomatic and metaphorical aspects of ASL.
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