American Sign Language Classes

Classes Offered Fall 2015

 

September 15* - November 20
* All classes begin Tuesday, September 15 except for Monday morning classes (beginning 
Monday, September 14) and Signing for Seniors (beginning Friday, September 18).

MORNING CLASSES
ASL 1: Monday 10:00 a.m. - Noon 
ASL 2: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Signing for Seniors: Fridays 10:00 a.m. - Noon

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1, ASL 2, ASL 3, ASL 4, ASL 5, Children's ASL

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If you would prefer not to register online, simply return this form with payment to:
HASA ASL Registration | 5900 Metro Drive | Baltimore, MD 21215

FALL CLASS SCHEDULES  

ASL 1 (two different sessions available)
Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday Mornings, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

ASL 2 (two different sessions available)
Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday Mornings, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

ASL 3
Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

ASL 4
Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

ASL 5
Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Children's ASL
Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

SIGNING NATURALLY

The Hearing and Speech Agency has taught American Sign Language (ASL) using the highly successful and well-respected method, Signing Naturally, since 1988. Signing Naturally is a non-verbal approach that is taught at many institutions across the country, including Gallaudet University. To encourage students to think in signs, students and instructors avoid using speech in the classroom. Interpersonal communication (not simply learning signs for English words) is emphasized. Students focus on functions of specific everyday interactions that range from inviting someone to sit down to more abstract communication, such as giving directions or problem solving. Grammar is learned in the context of these communications. An additional benefit of this non-verbal, conceptual approach is the development of a cross-cultural awareness of the Deaf community.

COSTS AND POLICIES

Adult ASL classes (10 weeks) are $150. Course materials (book with DVD) are required for your ASL 1, ASL 2, and ASL 3 and cost $85. Once purchased, course materials are good for levels 1, 2, and 3, so they only need to be purchased once. Course materials required for ASL 4 and  ASL 5, need only be purchased once. Summer Fun Signs Course Fee is $100, with no required materials. Children’s ASL classes are $100, no materials required. Parents may accompany a registered child during class for an additional $50.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1 Units 1 - 2

Introducing oneself, exchanging personal information, talking about surroundings, telling where you live
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 1-6

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2 Units 3 - 4

Talking about your family, telling about activities, giving directions, describing others
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 1-6

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 3 Units 5 - 6

Making requests, talking about family and occupations, attributing qualities to others, talking about routines
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 1-6

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 4 Conversation

This class is designed for those who have signing experience equivalent to completing ASL 3 and who want the opportunity to learn more ASL vocabulary and grammar and further develop their conversational skills.
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 7-12

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 5 Using Classifiers

This class is designed for those who have signing experience equivalent to completing ASL 4 and are looking to learn at a more advanced level. Classifiers are challenging to use well and to understand, regardless of one’s experience.
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 7-12 

SUMMER FUN SIGNS

This six-week course provides an opportunity to maintain sign language skills through weekly practice. Content draws upon ASL 2 and ASL 3 and includes Deaf culture, conversational strategies, sports and daily news events. This course is open to those who have knowledge of American Sign Language.
No Text Needed

ASL FINGERSPELLING

Fingerspelling presents one of the toughest challenges in learning to sign.  This course will take you through fingerspelling practice sessions on various topics to help you become better at expressing and receiving fingerspelling.
No Text Needed

CHILDREN'S ASL Classes are for ages 5-12

Children start by learning to fingerspell the alphabet and their names. As they learn signs for everyday activities and to communicate, they also enjoy making craft projects that reinforce the signing learned in class. The session culminates in a performance during the final class. Parent may accompany child for an additional fee.
No Text Needed

BABY & TODDLER Sign Classes for ages 2-4

This class is designed for children and parents to learn basic ASL signs together in a fun and relaxed environment.
No Text Needed

SIGNING FOR SENIORS

This class focuses more on developng vocabulary than ASL structure; topics include those of relevance and interest suggested by the attendees.
TEXTBOOK: Signing Naturally Units 1-6

CUSTOMIZED CLASSES

To inquire about sign language classes that are designed specifically for your need and held at your workplace or another location, please call 410.318.6780 and ask to speak with a representative of CIRS Interpreting for further details.

SCHEDULE:

Fall 2015: September 15 - November 20

  • ASL 1 
  • ASL 2 
  • ASL 3 
  • ASL 4
  • ASL 5
  • Children's ASL
  • Signing for Seniors

Registration deadline is September 14, 2015
 

Winter 2016: January 5 - March 8

  • ASL 1 
  • ASL 2 
  • ASL 3 
  • ASL 4
  • ASL 5

Registration deadline is January 4, 2015

Spring 2016: April 12 - June 14

  • ASL 1 
  • ASL 2
  • ASL 3 
  • ASL 4 
  • ASL 5
  • Children's ASL

Registration deadline is April 11, 2016

REFUNDS and CLASS Cancellations 

Course fee is refundable minus a $10 processing fee if notification that the student will not take the class is given prior to the first session. Be assured that every effort will be made to prevent any class cancellations. However, we must reserve the right to do so if the need arises. Should this occur, you will be notified as soon as possible. In the event of cancellation, full refunds will be made.

Hearing and Speech AgencyHarry and Jeanette Weinberg Building 5900 Metro Drive Baltimore, MD 21215 410.318.6780