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Sign language classes at CHS provide an enjoyable and effective method to learn American Sign Language (ASL) through classroom instruction, videotext and role-playing. Students also learn about Deaf culture.
What is 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.
About CHS sign language classes
Our qualified Deaf instructors use Signing Naturally, a sign language curriculum that teaches both ASL and Deaf culture to help you better understand the communication needs of the Deaf community.
A “no-voice” teaching method is used to reinforce the learning experience. You'll learn through classroom instruction and role-play, as well as videotext and a workbook. The videotext and workbook supplement and reinforce the classroom instruction so you can review, practice and retain what you learn.
We have 8 courses ranging 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.
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 a firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a placement test.
Who is eligible?
Classes are open to anyone 16 years of age or older.
When are classes held?
In the Spring, Fall and Winter sessions, classes are offered primarily in the evenings, Monday through Thursday and Saturdays. Summer schedules may also include immersions which run Monday to Friday during the day time.
How to register for sign language classes
To register, please locate the course you want to take on the schedule below. Click on the link to register and to pay online. Your registration will be confirmed immediately.
Alternatively, you may download the registration form and submit the completed form by email attachment to email@example.com We will contact you to confirm registration and request payment information.
For classes in Waterloo at Conestoga College Doon Campus, please contact Conestoga directly at https://www.conestogac.on.ca/parttime/american-sign-language-basic-skills
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
How much is the course?
All ASL classes are priced at $195* per student for registration, for any level.
ASL 101 Signing Naturally Level 1 Workbook including DVD $145.00 (this workbook is also used for 102)
ASL 103 Signing Naturally Level 1 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)
Note: For courses at Conestoga, please visit their websites for full pricing info.
Refund Policy: refunds up to 7 days before the course begins. There are no full refunds after that. If you decide to withdraw, please contact email@example.com 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 sufficient reason a deferral is a second option subject to course availability.
Sign Language Classes for Individuals are available in these locations: