Learn ASL

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ASL

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.

ASL
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. The videotext is also available through a digital on-line access code.  The access code is in the workbook which you will receive after registration.

We offer a range of courses, from beginner to advanced

  • 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.

FALL 2021 SCHEDULE

CLASSES LEVEL DAY TIME WEEK START DATE END DATE
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL Basic ASL Vocabulary for Older Adults 55+ SATURDAYS 9 AM - 10 AM 10 September 18, 2021 November 27, 2021 (no class October 9)
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL Basic ASL Vocabulary for Youth SATURDAYS 10 AM - 11 AM 10 September 18, 2021 November 27, 2021 (no class October 9)
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 101 SATURDAYS 9 AM - 12 PM 10 September 18, 2021 November 27, 2021 (no class October 9)
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 102 SATURDAYS 9 AM - 12 PM 10 September 18, 2021 November 27, 2021 (no class October 9)
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 102 SATURDAYS 1 PM - 4 PM 10 September 18, 2021 November 27, 2021 (no class October 9)
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 101 MONDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 20, 2021 November 29, 2021 (no class October 11)
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 102 TUESDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 21, 2021 November 23, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 101 TUESDAYS 9 AM - 12 PM 10 September 21, 2021 November 23, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 303 TUESDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 21, 2021 November 23, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 103 WEDNESDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 22, 2021 November 24, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 104 WEDNESDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 22, 2021 November 24, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 304 THURSDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 23, 2021 November 25, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 102 THURSDAYS 9 AM - 12 PM 10 September 23, 2021 November 25, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 301 THURSDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 23, 2021 November 25, 2021
CHS ONLINE VIRTUAL ASL 302 THURSDAYS 6 PM - 9 PM 10 September 23, 2021 November 25, 2021
How to choose your course

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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?

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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

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Course costs for ASL classes are indicated on the registration form.
 

Materials and Fees:

Information about material fees is provided on the registration form.

  • ASL 101 Signing Naturally Level 1 Workbook including DVD and digital workbook access code is also used for ASL 102
  • ASL 103 Signing Naturally Level 2 Workbook including DVD and digital workbook access code is also used for ASL 104
  • ASL 301 Signing Naturally Level 3 Workbook including DVD is used for ASL courses 301, 302, 303 and 304

Refund Policy:  Refunds will be provided up to 5 business days before the course begins.  In extenuating circumstances, you can request a pro-rated refund after the course begins (an administration fee would apply).  No refunds will be granted after the 3rd class.  A refund is not provided for student workbooks.  A registration deferral is an option subject to future course availability.  Please email asleducation@chs.ca for more information.

How to register for courses

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