American Sign Language Programs

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Acquiring a new language through Gallaudet University American Sign Language (ASL) Professional Studies is an important investment in your education and in your life. The ASL program learning experience is grounded in excellent language and cultural academics and is further enhanced in a uniquely language-specific environment. This site provides a comprehensive overview of all that this program has to offer. We urge you to inquire, experience, and apply, knowing that you will receive a newfound knowledge that will last you a lifetime.

American Sign Language (ASL) Courses

Online and On Campus Courses have different curriculum and qualification requirements. What's the difference? 

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Offered two times per semester.
During Spring and Fall semesters, these 8-week accelerated courses are self-paced and are not the "softer, easier way"! Weekly deadlines have been set to ensure that you have adequate time to complete all assignments within the current session.

Practice through ASL Pals!
Students have opportunities to meet and exercise their language skills with multiple signing partners through ASL Pals as part of their interactive activity requirements.

Learn Online, According to Your Schedule
Online lessons, assignments, and activities are posted online through Blackboard and students are required to log in to submit video assignments electronically and participate in language sessions. Basic computer and Internet literacy are required and students are responsible for establishing their own Internet access, web camera and GoReact account.

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Students are required to attend all classes and apply ASL, not only in the classroom with their peers, but also in various aspects outside the classroom to maximize their language development.

Practice IRL! 
In real life (IRL), students are given opportunities to attend Deaf events on campus or an event hosted in the ASL community to better understand the use of the language within its dynamic environment.

Comprehensive and Intensive
These courses include student activities that require them to produce video assignments through GoReact, a web-based tool, which allow students to submit and receive graded work including constructive feedback, provided by the instructor to further enhance the student's language growth.

ASL I (3 credits)

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Readiness for learning will be approached via visual-gestural communication techniques, visual discrimination, and visual memory exercises. ASL questions, commands, and other simple sentence structures are introduced to develop rudimentary conversational skills in ASL. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be introduced. 

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Prerequisite: None
Syllabus: ASL I (Online) PDF

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Prerequisite: None
Syllabus: ASL I  (On Campus) - PDF 

Course Schedule

ASL II (3 credits)

This course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills with primary focus on refining the use of basic ASL sentence types. Pronominalization, classifiers, spatial referencing, pluralization, and temporal and distributional aspects are introduced. Students will learn routine communicative functions of the language: asking, requesting, providing clarification, giving and asking for directions. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.
Prerequisite: ASL I with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus: ASL II (Online) PDF

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Syllabus: ASL II  (On Campus) - PDF  

Course Schedule

ASL III (3 credits)

This course builds on skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) II, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives, and dialogues. The course will include description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects and conditionals. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.
Prerequisite: ASL II with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus: ASL III (Online) PDF

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Syllabus: ASL III (On Campus) - PDF

Course Schedule

ASL IV (3 credits)

This course expands on the development of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and grammar, including the use of two to three character role shifts. Students describe settings, and explain or discuss everyday objects and their use, step-by-step processes, cause and effect, and culturally significant topics relating to the Deaf Community.
Prerequisite: ASL III with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus: ASL IV (Online) PDF

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Syllabus: ASL IV (On Campus) - PDF  

Course Schedule

ASL V (3 credits)

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined.
Prerequisite: ASL IV with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus: ASL V (On Campus) - PDF  

Course Schedule

Options
Summer 2018 - On Campus
Fall 2018 - On Campus
Spring 2019 - TBD
Summer 2019 - TBD
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ASL VI (3 credits)

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined.
Prerequisite: ASL V with a grade of "B" or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus: ASL VI (On Campus) - PDF  

Course Schedule

Options
Summer 2018 - On Campus
Fall 2018 - On Campus
Spring 2019 - TBD
Summer 2019 - TBD
Need Help? Contact Us!

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