American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth-most used language in the United States.
It is a captivating, mesmerizing, beautiful, and graceful language. It is unique and expressive, and is becoming more and more popular.
ASL is a complete, multifaceted language, that uses hand signs, along with facial expressions and postures of the body, to communicate.
Why Learn ASL?
Basic knowledge of ASL can be very helpful if you want to communicate directly with a deaf friend or family member. It can be very useful for different professions as well, for example: teachers, counselors, firefighters, police, healthcare providers, and more.
Meet our teacher!
Kelsie was born Profoundly Deaf, grew up in Denver, and moved to Colorado Springs when she was 18 years old.
She grew up in the public-school system, and attended hearing schools without an interpreter through elementary and middle school. During these years, her communication was heavily dependent on analyzing the body language of people around her to aid in her understanding and comprehension of what was being said. Her freshman year of high school, she decided to attend the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) where she was first exposed to and learned American Sign Language (ASL). After the enormous culture shock, she became fluent quickly, and returned to the academic challenge of her home high school while using the services of a sign language interpreter, and graduated a year early. She has been a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) for eight years, and have worked in Home Health Care, as well as Behavioral Health Care.
She strongly believes that the skill of analyzing and using body language and facial expression is the main foundation for learning ASL. Analysis has shown that this technique accounts for 75% of ASL.
American Sign Language (ASL) 101
In this course students will learn the basics of the American Sign Language.
First, you will learn about the body language and facial expressions. Then, alphabet and numbers, and how to introduce yourself.
The course will also include basic vocabulary and signs for food, house, clothing, and emotions. You will learn the sentence structure and be able to practice it.
Schedule & Enrollment
* Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment is below four students.
* Class registration deadline is one week prior to scheduled start date.
* Textbooks are not included.