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ASL Connect offers levels I-IV. These courses are designed to engage students with live interactions with fluent ASL users.

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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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This course is designed to continue the development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills with a 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.

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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 a description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects, and conditionals. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included. Sign Up
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. Sign Up
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. This course is synchronous. Meeting times and days will be determined on the first day of class. Sign Up
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. Sign Up
This course investigates how culture shapes the way people see the world. Students will explore cultural readings and examine various texts around us to understand how culture,identity and history frame experiences. Traditional courses in cultural studies assume that the meanings in this world are central in creating us — individually and collectively. Students will examine how culture transmits a view of the world and power through critical analysis. Sign Up

This is an introductory survey to the field of Deaf Studies that highlights cutting edge concepts and theories at use in this field. The course will show how deaf people and sign languages are integral aspects of human diversity and how societies have responded to this diversity across different social, temporal, and cultural moments and movements.

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This course will begin with developing an understanding of the concept of “culture” and then will focus on the complexities and varieties of Deaf cultural experiences. Students will be asked to engage course materials through multi-disciplinary approaches in order to gain a critical appreciation of Deaf lives within historical, political and global contexts.

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ASL I

American Sign Language I is for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Students will learn basic conversational skills and vocabulary through video samples, exercises, and live signing practice with fluent ASL users.

ASL II

American Sign Language II students refine their use of basic sentence types, and try out their skills through interactions, such as giving and receiving directions, with fluent ASL users through interactive video sessions.

ASL III

American Sign Language III students will create more complex ASL vocabulary and grammatical features, including the ability to produce and understand short stories, narratives, and dialogues. Students will put these skills to practice through live video sessions with fluent ASL users.

ASL IV

American Sign Language IV expands students' vocabulary and grammar. Students will be able to describe settings, discuss everyday events, including the ability to explain their causes and effects. These skills will be honed through video samples and interactive video sessions with fluent ASL users.

ASL Summer Residency Program at Gallaudet

Come to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. to immerse yourself in learning ASL on the campus of the world’s only university for Deaf and hard of hearing students.

You’ll find yourself living and learning on this historical campus, a Deaf cultural mecca situated within one of the world’s most visited cities with unrivaled free cultural activities.

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ASL Placement Screening

To book an ASL screening, we kindly ask you to complete the ASL screening intake form. ASL Connect: Education aims to know more about you and what ASL classes you want to enroll in.

ASL Connect: Education aims to make this ASL screening appointment relaxed-conversational based and only take 15 minutes of your time. Please click on the link to make an appointment with one of our ASL Connect: Education proctors.

Notes:

  1. Handheld devices are prohibited from using during your scheduled ASL screening interview.
  2. Be prepared to show a picture ID prior to your interview.

Any personal information shared will be stored and deleted once you’ve completed the course. Should you receive a screening result that places you differently than the one you registered for, you can contact the ASL Connect Admissions to have your course changed. You may email them at ASLconnect.admissions@gallaudet.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ASL screening process, you can contact us anytime at aslconnect.education@gallaudet.edu.

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Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate