ASL Classes

ASL Class Information and Registration

American Sign Language Class Information

Summer and Fall 2019

DeafConnect seeks to make the Mid-South a more accessible place to the Deaf community. We achieve this mission through teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to the public regardless of their educational background. The classes are designed to take you from no or minimal knowledge about ASL to comfortably holding conversations with Deaf people.

Our classes are taught through immersion. For us, that means three things: the instructor is a culturally Deaf person who is natively fluent in ASL, we strongly discourage speaking during class time, and written English is kept to a minimum. Additionally, the ASL I and II curricula are based on the popular college-level textbook series Signing Naturally. This arrangement is challenging, but research shows that this is the most effective way of learning a languageand ASL is just as complex as any other language.

Our alumni tend to become advocates for the Deaf community and use their knowledge to become effective communicators with deaf and hard of hearing people, whether they are customers, friends, family, or random strangers. We are so excited that you are interested in exploring this beautiful world of Deaf culture and ASL with us. More logistical information about the classes is below.

  • ASL Conversation Class
    • The ASL Conversation Class is an opportunity to become more comfortable talking about complex ideas in a conversational setting. The course will include vocabulary and grammar review, but the majority of the time will be spent in conversation with each other one-on-one and in groups. Our goal is to increase your skill by one or two ACTFL sublevels (e.g. Novice Mid to Intermediate Low). Note: attendance for this course is less strict, as the meetings do not build on each other.
    • Prerequisites: ASL I or permission from the instructor
    • Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00–7:30, July 2–29, 2019 (excludes July 4)
    • Required materials: None
    • Cost: $25 per student
  • ASL I Class
    • The ASL I class is an introduction to the world of American Sign Language. The course includes introducing oneself, exchanging personal information, discussing living situations, talking about family, telling about activities, and storytelling. The focus is on building foundational vocabulary and grammar, conversational techniques, and an introduction to Deaf culture. Our goal is for students to achieve ACTFL’s novice level (low or mid).
    • Prerequisites: None, but completion of high school is encouraged
    • Times: Mondays from 1:00–3:00 or 6:00–8:00, September 9–December 4, 2019 (tentative; excludes the week of Thanksgiving)
    • Required materialsSigning Naturally, Units 1–6 Workbook (2008 edition) by Dawn Sign Press
    • Cost: $40 per student
  • ASL II Class
    • The ASL II class focuses on reviewing and expanding the lessons from ASL I. The course includes describing people and things, making requests and asking for advice, describing places, giving opinions about others, discussing plans and goals, and storytelling and fables. Our goal is for students to raise their skills by two ACTFL sublevels (ending at novice high or intermediate low).
    • Prerequisites: ASL I or permission from the instructor
    • Times: Tuesdays from 1:00–3:00 or 6:00–8:00, September 9–December 4, 2019 (tentative; excludes the week of Thanksgiving)
    • Required materials: Signing Naturally, Units 7–12 Workbook (2014 edition) by Dawn Sign Press
    • Cost: $40 per student
  • ASL III Class
    • The ASL III class focuses on advanced topics in ASL and Deaf culture, and emphasizes conversational ability in real-world contexts. Our goal is for students to raise their skills by two ACTFL sublevels (ending at intermediate mid or high).
    • Prerequisites: ASL II or permission from the instructor
    • Times: Wednesdays from 1:00–3:00 or 6:00–8:00, September 9–December 4, 2019 (tentative; excludes the week of Thanksgiving)
    • Required materials: None
    • Cost: $40 per student
  • Important information:
    • Payment: You may pay in person, by phone, or by mail with cash, credit, check, or money order. Payment is expected before the first class unless an exception has been made in advance.
    • Capacity: The capacity for any section is 20 students. We fill these spots on a first-come, first-serve basis until Friday, September 6, 2019. The ASL I and II, Night sections tend to fill the fastest. The other options normally have available seats at the end of registration.
    • Location: All classes are held at DeafConnect. Our address is 6045 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134
    • Registration: Fill out the form below to register for the class. You will be placed on the waitlist until we receive payment, so please send us your payment as soon as possible.
    • Additional questions: Email Lee: lee@deafconnect.org

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