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ASL Classes (2020-21)

In light of the concerns surrounding COVID-19, all ASL classes for the upcoming session will be hosted online. Students will connect with their instructors via an online video platform.


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 fingerspelling, 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.

Each session is 8 weeks long and costs $75.00. Please be aware that we run multiple classes of the same ASL level (1, 2, 3, 4) concurrently.   There are no refunds after the second class within the session.  While the classes are geared towards adults, students between the ages of 14 through 18 are welcome to register for a class with parent/guardian approval.  For more information about the ASL program at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, download the 2020-21 American Sign Language Class brochure.


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2020 WINTER SESSION!  Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and continue through Wednesday, February 24, 2021.   Classes will be held online every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For those who are enrolled in the winter session, your instructor will email to you your Google Classroom and Zoom link information at least 1-2 days before the class begins.


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!