Class Overview

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

Continue to learn practical American Sign Language (ASL) phrases and expressions used by the Deaf/ASL community in this next step for beginners.

Build upon your foundation of conversational vocabulary, expressions and facial expressions while exploring Deaf culture.

Since ASL is a visual-gestural language, learn to build communication skills through using your                                hands, facial expressions, body movement and the use of space in order to enjoy basic conversations in
American Sign Language with other signers and Deaf/ Hard-of-Hearing individuals.

Develop 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.

Acquire more sign vocabulary, phrases and expressions from a wide range of topics.

Develop conversational skills while discussing family, travel, food and drink.

Improve your skills in fingerspelling, numbers, facial grammar and body language.

Learn more about Deaf culture in the United States in a supportive environment.

At least 1 quarter of ASL experience or equivalent is required.

Please see the Textbooks and Supplies page on this website to find out about required and suggested materials for you to bring this class.



Learning Outcomes

• Acquire more sign vocabulary, phrases and expressions from a wide range of topics
• Develop conversational skills in exchanging detailed information – discussing family, travel; food and
drink; verb tenses; etc.
• Improve skills in fingerspelling; numbers; facial grammar and body language
• Gain a better understanding of deaf culture in the United States

Who Should Take this Class?

Prerequisites: At least 1 quarter of ASL experience or equivalent.

ASL students who want to expand upon their foundation of useful and practical conversational skills.

ASL learners interested in exploring Deaf/ASL culture.

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6241
  • Instructor: Barbara Bernstein
  • When: 8 Wednesdays; 9/25-11/20; 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 16
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building, Room 4168; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $199