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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New sessions begin in the fall, winter, and spring.  Each session is 8 weeks long and costs $75.00.  There are no refunds after the second class within the session.

Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf at 300 East Swissvale Avenue in Edgewood Borough,  Allegheny County.  Our mailing address is 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

Please note.  Students from ages 14 -18 are welcome to register for classes IF they are accompanied by a registered parent or guardian.

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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, Ms. Amy Dent at adent@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. Amy Dent at 412-244-3100 or adent@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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