ASL Program

ABOUT THE IAD’S ASL CLASSES

This program is designed to provide an opportunity for the community to learn one of the fastest-growing foreign languages in the United States, American Sign Language.

American Sign Language (ASL) Program is offered on quarterly basis, four times a year, taught by qualified deaf ASL instructors. Areas of ASL instruction include ASL 101, ASL 102, ASL 201, ASL 301, ASL 401, ASL 501 and Fingerspelling. Introduction to American Deaf Culture will be offered to students who complete ASL 301. Participants will receive Certificate of Completion upon satisfactorily completing the course. A dedicated percentage of the course fee goes to funding our delegates to the National Association of the Deaf biennial conferences.

We also provide special custom designed ASL program off-site to school-aged children, companies, hospitals, etc. At least ten participants must register for the course in order for the instructor to provide services at off-site locations. Contact our ASL Program Coordinator at iadasl@iadhoosiers.org

Mileage increments may apply to class locations that exceed the 50 mile Indianapolis radius.

NOTE: We will no longer accept reservations. If you are interested in taking a class, please be prepared to pay your fee after registering online. If you want to send in registration via mail, send your payment along with the registration form.

COURSE LISTING: 

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 101

Course Description: Introduces American Sign Language (ASL). Course covers vocabulary, fingerspelling, sentence structures, dialogue formats through facial expressions and body movements used in signing.

Materials: Signing Naturally: Student Workbook Unit 1-6 by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz & Ken Mikos

Register for ASL 101 Classes! 


AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 201

Course Description: Continuation of ASL 102 focusing on conversational skills with more complex sentence structures, increasing receptive and expressive skills.

Prerequisite: ASL 101 with instructor’s recommendation or ASL 102

Materials: Signing Naturally: Student’s Workbook Unit 1-6 by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz & Ken Mikos

Register for ASL 201 Classes! 


AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 301

Course Description: Continuation of ASL 201, expanding the emphasis on ASL grammar, vocabulary, development and Deaf Culture. Dialogue, short stories, and short conversations, both receptive and expressive, will be exercised throughout the course.

Prerequisite: ASL 201

Material: Signing Naturally: Student Workbook Unit 1-6 by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz & Ken Mikos

Register for ASL 301 Classes! 


AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 401

Course Description: Continuation of ASL 301, expanding the emphasis on ASL grammar, vocabulary, development and Deaf Culture. Dialogue, short stories, and short conversations, both receptive and expressive, will be exercised throughout the course.

Prerequisite: ASL 301

Material: Signing Naturally: Student Workbook Unit 7-12  by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz & Ken Mikos

Register for ASL 401 Classes! 


AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 501

Course Description: Continuation of ASL 401, expanding the emphasis on ASL grammar, vocabulary, development and Deaf Culture. Dialogue, short stories, and short conversations, both receptive and expressive, will be exercised throughout the course.

Prerequisite: ASL 401.

Material: Signing Naturally: Student Workbook Unit 7-12 by Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz & Ken Mikos

Register for ASL 501 Classes! 


ASL FINGERSPELLING

Course Description: Emphasizes recognizing and producing finger spelled words and numbers in context. Student study careful, rapid, and lexicalized forms of finger spelled words, acronyms and number systems

Prerequisite: ASL 301.

Register for Fingerspelling Classes! 


DEAF CULTURE

Course Description: This course introduces the community to American Deaf Culture. Students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the cultural and historical perspectives of the deaf community in America. Students will see the American deaf community as a minority group with a distinct social, linguistic, and political norms. Topics covered will include misconceptions in the hearing world about deaf people, in-group perspectives, organizations of and by deaf people, and history of the deaf community from ancient to modern times.

Prerequisite: ASL 301. Course will be taught in ASL.

Materials: A Journey into the Deaf-World by H. Lane, R. Hoffmeister, B. Bahan

Register for Deaf Culture Classes! 

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