American Sign Language (ASL) for MS

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Teacher: Teresa Hatten
Date/Time: Wednesday - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Department: Foreign Languages
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

Minimum Enrollment: 4

In the course, ASL for Middle School, the student will be introduced to the basics of American Sign Language. The course will concentrate on visual awareness, skills to produce and understand signs demonstrated. We will cover fingerspelling and numbers, everyday expressions, and vocabulary for conversational fluency in ASL while helping the student to develop an appreciation of Deaf culture. We will play games, do puzzles, sign songs, all while learning signs that touch on the family, home, foods, animals & science, holidays and more.

The class is designed for students to receive personalized attention as well as allow for group activities. The student will be encouraged to use ASL in the classroom and practice with others outside the classroom. Through special projects and opportunities, the student will be able to interact with Deaf students and other Deaf individuals. Using our voice in the classroom will be minimal; we want to let our hands do the talking. This approach will help the student to become comfortable in the language, retain what has been learned and improve both receptive and expressive skills.

The textbook for this course will be A Basic Course in American Sign Language (second edition), by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden and Terrence J. O’Rourke.  The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language, (optional). 

This class is designed to be enjoyed by the student while learning a new language. We will use a lot of repetition… … So let’s relax and have fun!

Course Tuition: The cost of the course is $625 per year.

Option 1: $625 One-Time payment per student. Payment amount is due on or before the first day of ASL class, August 17, 2022.

Option 2: $315 per Semester per student. Two equal payments... First payment (Fall Semester) due on or before the first day of class, August 18, 2021.  The second payment (Spring Semester) due by first day of Spring semester class on January 4, 2023.

** Supply/Activity fee: One-Time $45 dollars. Due on or before the first day of class. 

**   For Additional siblings enrolled in an American Sign Language class please ask about a tuition discount.