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.

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Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the WPSD campus at 300 East Swissvale Avenue in Edgewood Borough,  Allegheny County.

The ASL Class schedule for the 2019-20 School Year.

September 25 to November 13

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January 8 to February 26

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March 25 to May 20

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Registration is now open for all classes of the Fall 2019 session.  The cost per class will $75.00.  There will be NO REFUNDS AFTER THE 2nd CLASS.    Enroll online by clicking ASL Class.

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Please be aware that we run multiple classes of the same ASL level (1, 2, 3, 4) concurrently.  If you would like to be in the same classroom as a friend or family member who is registering separately, please add that person’s name to your online registration form OR email our Registrar, Ms. Crystal Davis at cdavis@wpsd.org BEFORE the close of registration for your session (typically the Friday before the week that class begins)!

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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.  Follow us on Facebook to receive the latest news and events happening around campus.  We look forward to signing with you in class!

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