At WPSD, ASL classes go beyond sign language instruction.  Our instructors not only teach signing language skills, but they also promote an understanding of Deaf Culture through interaction with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Classes are taught at four skill levels:

  • ASL 1 – Students will develop basic finger spelling, vocabulary and grammar skills.  Discussion of Deaf Culture and interactions with the Deaf Community will be key components of this course.
  • ASL 2 – This course is designed to expand expressive and receptive vocabulary and grammar skills.  The course will focus on specific topics such as: classifiers, time, numbers, directionality and storytelling, as well as language structure and Deaf history and culture.
  • ASL 3 – This class will provide an evaluation of each student’s communication skills, and focus on individual needs.  Attention to advanced grammar and signs will be emphasized and will include dialogues that involve asking, empathizing, negotiation, agreeing and disagreeing.
  • ASL 4 – This is an advanced course.  It progresses from common, concrete interactions to expressing abstract ideas.  Emphasis is on the comprehension and production of increasingly complex communication and includes descriptors, classifier use, non-manual signals, mouth morphemes and numbering systems.

Classes typically meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the WPSD campus at 300 East Swissvale Avenue in Edgewood, PA.  The fee is $60 per 8 week session.

The ASL class schedule for the 2017-18 school year will be:

Fall Session – September 27 to November 15
Winter Session – January 10 to February 28
Spring Session  – March 14 to May 9

Registration for all classes can be completed HERE.  If you have questions or need more information,  contact Ms. Crystal Davis at cdavis@wpsd.org  Thank you for your interest in American Sign Language and support for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

We look forward to signing with you in class!

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