I found several in my local New Haven area that offered them. People have told me that it's much cheaper in other areas.
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If you live in the vicinity of a school for the Deaf, they also usually offer classes for learning ASL, often geared to the friends and family of Deaf people. Please do not e-mail me asking for schools that teach ASL in your neighborhood.
I don't know all of the schools that teach ASL or even a small portion in the U. The best way to start is to pick up your yellow pages and call your local community colleges or look in the blue pages for associations of and for the deaf. Alysse Rasmussen has an excellent page of ASL resources. Programs for ASL Study The summer program at Gallaudet is thought by many to be one of the best due to its intensity and almost total "immersion" into Deaf culture while you are there. The summer program consists of 3 two-week intensive classes scheduled between mid-June and mid-August.
You would typically take two courses during the summer, which would This is the course that I took myself in the summer of for four weeks two sessions. All of the courses are taught by Deaf people of course and are excellent. Being in DC and Gallaudet is the closest to total immersion that you can get. Highly recommended.
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Gallaudet University Florida Ave. A student majoring in this subject will spend an extra year to finish, but will receive a Masters Degree for the effort. They offer classes in ASL from beginner to advanced in a four semester program. The final year of the program is spent with a few lecture classes, but also entails an intership at Tennessee School for the Deaf. TSD , like most specialized schools, houses students from all over the state.
It ranges from K grades or the age of 21 I believe. I am bringing this to your attention because I didn't see any references for either of these two institutions on your WWW site. Sign Language Studies Unfortunately, I cannot send it to you due to limitations on my time and financial resources I'm in a full-time PhD Program. However, you may be able to ask your library to obtain it to you via interlibrary loan.
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Christian Science Monitor also wrote a very well researched article in their December issue about ASL gaining popularity as a foreign language. They have a copy on the web at their website. It's a very nicely written piece and you can easily print out a copy to give to your school's administration. All of the teachers are quite good. This is like trying to speak French with only a English-French dictionary.
These systems are not the same as ASL, which has its own beautiful grammar appropriate for a visual-spatial language. From a linguistic perspective, these are only language systems and not natural languages in their own right. Many hearing people, interpreters, and Deaf people when signing to a hearing person use what is commonly called Pidgin Sign English PSE.
That all being said, none of these resources will "teach" you ASL, although the Lou Fant book might help you get an inkling of what the grammar is like. Heck, it doesn't even bother teaching you how to count to ten Online CyberSigns Project -- online sig n language dictionary! American Sign Language: a student text units Fant, Lou.
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