Learn American Sign Language
Find Your Level!
Why learn American Sign Language?
More than a million people in the United States speak American Sign Language. If someone you love can’t hear well, that’s a great reason to learn ASL! You’ll be able to communicate in a meaningful way with hard of hearing or deaf individuals in the US.
What is Deaf culture?
Deaf with a capital D has a special meaning, different from the inability to hear. Deaf describes a rich visual-based culture that is more than just American Sign Language. Learning Sign Language will open this unique world. Most countries have their own Sign Language, so visual communication can be different from area to area based on the native spoken language. Plus, the deaf community creates their own signs for their names and groups can also develop their own style of signing. At ILC we give priority for hiring deaf instructors so students can experience communicating with a deaf person in class.
Fun Facts about American Sign Language
Signing involves more than just hand shapes and the sign language alphabet. Body positioning and facial expressions are crucial to communicating meaning in sign language! Even a raised eyebrow or switching hands can change meaning.
ASL is not just making gestures - it has its own grammar and syntax that follows the native spoken language. You’ll learn how to sign based on those rules.
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(ACTFL Novice) (CEFR A1)
At the end of beginner level ASL, you will be able to use familiar everyday expressions and have the knowledge needed for basic survival in Sign Language.
(ACTFL Intermediate Low, CEFR A2)
At the end of elementary level ASL classes, you will be able to express yourself in predictable concrete exchanges needed for basic life situations by signing.
(ACTFL Intermediate-Mid, CEFR B2)
At the end of Pre-Intermediate level, you will be able to deal with most situations you will encounter in ASL when working or attending school. Students finishing this level can usually be understood by the Deaf & fluent speakers of ASL with some patience.
(ACTFL Intermediate-High, CEFR B2)
At the end of Intermediate level ASL, you will be able to speak with fluency and spontaneity without difficulty. Students finishing this level can easily be understood by fluent sign language users, even those without experience with the Deaf community.
(ACTFL Advanced Mid, CEFR C1)
If you study ASL at this level you will be able to express yourself skillfully, with ease and confidence. At this level, you are able to deal with any social situation, even with unexpected social complications fluidly and with ease by signing.
Minimum 1½ hours each lesson.
Please allow at least 1 week to secure an instructor.
***Rates do not include textbook.
Textbook options will be discussed
with your instructor.