American Sign Language (ASL)

Broaden your communication skills by learning Americal Sign Language (ASL)! Whether you are a complete beginner looking for an introduction to ASL or want to polish up your current skill level, our hands-on courses will have your signing in no time.

The courses are offered in the Fall & Spring semesters. Students can register through My Gateway. Please contact Student Services at 1-800-247-7122 or sscontactcenter@gtc.edu if you need assistance with registration.

ASL Courses:

American Sign Language (ASL) 1
533-126
This course is designed for students with no or minimal sign language experience and covers receptive and expressive ASL vocabulary, grammatical structure, finger spelling, numbers, conversational behavior and Non- Manual Signals.

American Sign Language (ASL)  2
533-127
Discover the cultural behaviors and practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective. Explore receptive and expressive ASL vocabulary, grammatical structures, finger spelling, numbers, conversational behaviors and Non-Manual Signals.
Prerequisite: ASL 1

American Sign Language (ASL) 3
533-128  
Take a deeper look at the cultural behaviors and practices distinct to those that approach the world from a visual perspective. This course covers complex grammatical topics including temporal aspects, sequencing, conditionals, an introduction to conversational regulators, complex dialogue, storytelling and multiple meaning English terms with ASL equivalents.
Prerequisite: ASL 2

American Sign Language (ASL) 4
533-129
Integrate the skills acquired in ASL 1, 2 & 3 and expand your use of conversational regulators and explore an introduction to English idioms with ASL equivalents. These additional skills will enable you to convey information and ideas about linguistic, cultural and social issues in dialogues and narratives.  
Prerequisite: ASL 3

Intro to Deaf History
533-130
Learn an overview of the cultural, educational, physical and social implications of deaf people within the context of today’s diverse society.  Discussions will include identities, language, legislation, organizations, technology and values within the deaf community.