Class Overview

Sign It: Conversational ASL for Beginners - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Have you ever wanted to learn sign language or communicate better with someone who is Deaf?

Learn American Sign Language!

This fun, interactive course is focused on practical, useful phrases and expressions used by the Deaf/ASL community.

Since ASL is a visual-gestural language, students will build communications skills through using one’s hands, facial expressions, body movement and the use of space.

These are important skills to enjoy basic conversations in American Sign Language with other signers and Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals.

In this introductory course, students will develop their receptive skills by receiving information through the eyes as well as developing expressive skills by conveying information through their hands, facial expressions and body language.

Learn conversational vocabulary and facial expressions while exploring Deaf culture.

No prior ASL skills and experience required.

Please bring: a  notebook and pen or pencil OR laptop as well as the textbook: see textbooks and supplies.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, learners will have gained:

  • Sign vocabulary, phrases and expressions on a wide range of topics
  • Conversational skills in exchanging information –
  • The ability to introduce yourself and have a conversation about family, job, hobbies, your day, etc.
  • Exposure to fingerspelling, numbers, facial grammar and body language
  • An introduction to Deaf culture in the United States

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone who is interested in learning conversational ASL. No prior ASL skills and experience required!
  • Family members, colleagues and friends of people in the Deaf/ASL community who would like to talk in sign language.
  • People interested in learning about the Deaf/ASL culture.

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6228
  • Instructor: Barbara Bernstein
  • When: 8 Wednesdays; 6/26-8/14; 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 16
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building - Room TBA; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $199