Learn ASL

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Due to the global pandemic, and in order to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, this service will be provided virtually for the foreseeable future.

Canadian Hearing Services offers sign language classes for individuals interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL).

American Sign Language (ASL) is the language of most Deaf Canadians. It is a visual language made up of specific gestures (signs), hand shapes and facial expressions. It has its own unique grammatical rules and sentence structure.

Our qualified Deaf instructors use Signing Naturally, a sign language curriculum developed at Vista Community College in Berkeley, California, that teaches both ASL and Deaf culture to help you understand the communication needs of the Deaf community.
A “no-voice” teaching method is used to reinforce the learning experience. Participants learn through classroom instruction and role-play, as well as through videotext and a workbook. The videotext and workbook supplement and reinforce the classroom instruction, providing an opportunity to review, practice and retain what has been taught.

We offer a range of courses, from beginner to advanced:

FALL 2020 Schedule


  • Beginner courses are designed to introduce students to ASL. Concepts discussed relate to people, places and things within the immediate environment. Students learn to handle basic, everyday communication such as exchanging information, identifying/describing others, and asking for clarification.
  • Intermediate courses emphasize language in context: locating things, learning numeracy, making requests with inflection, talking about life events and family histories, describing objects and having social conversation.
  • Advanced courses focus on building narrative skills, moving from an informal to a more formal presentation, and on developing conversational skills used in everyday discussion.

Please register early to avoid course cancellation due to low enrolment. Insufficient registrations may necessitate the cancellation of a course.
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 101 MONDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 October 19, 2020 December 21, 2020
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 102 TUESDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 October 13, 2020 December 15, 2020
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 103 WEDNESDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 October 14, 2020 December 16, 2020
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 104 THURSDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 October 15, 2020 December 17, 2020
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 301 THURSDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 October 15, 2020 December 17, 2020
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 101 SATURDAYS 9 AM - 12 PM 10 October 17, 2020 December 19, 2020



How to choose your course

If you have no previous knowledge of ASL, you begin with ASL 101. If you have some ASL experience, contact asleducation@chs.ca to discuss a placement test.

Classes are open to anyone 16 years of age or older.

How long does it take to learn ASL?

Learning any language takes a great deal of time, energy and commitment. To be able to sign is only part of the process. You must also be able to understand ASL signed by a native user. People learn at different rates so it’s difficult to predict how long it will take to learn ASL.

Course Costs

All ASL classes are priced at $199 per student for registration, for any level.
Material Fees:

  • ASL 101 Signing Naturally Level 1 Workbook including DVD $145.00 (this workbook is also used for 102)
  • ASL 103 Signing Naturally Level 2 Workbook including DVD  $145.00 (this work book is also used for 104)
  • ASL 301 Signing Naturally Level 3 Workbook including DVD $145.00 (this workbook is used for 301-304)

Refund Policy:  Refunds will be provided up to 7 days before the course begins. Full refunds will not be provided after the 7 days. If you decide to withdraw, please contact asleducation@chs.ca no later than the third class to request a partial refund. No refunds are given after the 3rd class.  A $25.00 administration fee and $19.50 per class as applicable will be deducted from the refund. No refunds are given for student workbooks. Should you need to withdraw for a sufficient reason, a deferral is a second option subject to course availability.

How to register for courses

Click on the link to register and to pay online. Your registration will be confirmed immediately.
If you have any questions, please contact asleducation@chs.ca.