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Overview

We offer for-credit, online ASL courses as well as in-person Summer courses. Both introductory and advanced courses are available. Check out all of the engaging and interactive features we offer when you sign up for one of our courses.

Language Sessions

As part of the course requirement, registered students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills in ASL through structured, interactive Zoom meetings with our Deaf instructional staff. ASL Language Sessions are designed for ASL levels 1 to 4 and are intended to reinforce what students are learning in their course in a fun and interactive way that is intended to develop fluency and confidence.

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Virtual Immersion, Best Experience!

An incredible bonus immersion experience – The Virtual Immersion Best Experience! (VIBE!) offers engagement in language-rich social events such as ASL-related games, guest speakers, and connections with instructors, teacher assistants, and peers. These weekly fun virtual events run concurrently with our classes. If you want to participate in the VIBE! program, you can add this $50 activity fee option during the registration process.

***In order for you to participate in VIBE!, you will need to register for the course.

ASL Online Courses

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Readiness for learning will be approached via visual-gestural communication techniques, visual discrimination, and visual memory exercises. ASL questions, commands, and other simple sentence structures are introduced to develop rudimentary conversational skills in ASL. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be introduced. The language sessions are included and 8-week & 15-week sessions available.

Prerequisite: None

Schedule: Asynchronous (Session A 8-week: August 22, 2022 – October 14, 2022 & Session B 8-week : October 24, 2022 – December 20, 2022 or 15- week: August 22, 2022 – December 20, 2022)

Tuition: $330 per credit ($990)

Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($31.99)

Syllabus: Please contact us to request a copy.

Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

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This course is designed to continue the development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills with a primary focus on refining the use of basic ASL sentence types. Pronominalization, classifiers, spatial referencing, pluralization, and temporal and distributional aspects are introduced. Students will learn routine communicative functions of the language: asking, requesting, providing clarification, giving and asking for directions. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included. The language sessions are included and 8-week & 15-week sessions available.

Prerequisite: ASL I with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

Schedule: Asynchronous (Session B 8-week : October 24, 2022 – December 20, 2022 or 15- week: August 22, 2022 – December 20, 2022)

Tuition: $330 per credit ($990)

Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($31.99)

Syllabus: Please contact us to request a copy.

Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

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This course builds on skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) II, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives, and dialogues. The course will include a description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects, and conditionals. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included. The language sessions are included

Prerequisite: ASL II with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

Schedule: Asynchronous (Session A: August 22, 2022 – October 14, 2022)

Tuition: $330 per credit ($990)

Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($31.99)

Syllabus: Please contact us to request a copy.

Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

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This course expands on the development of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and grammar, including the use of two to three character role shifts. Students describe settings and explain or discuss everyday objects and their use, step-by-step processes, cause and effect, and culturally significant topics relating to the Deaf Community. The language sessions are included

Prerequisite: ASL III with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

Schedule: Asynchronous

Tuition: $330 per credit ($990)

Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($31.99)

Syllabus: Please contact us to request a copy.

Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

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This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes, and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined. This course is synchronous. Meeting times and days will be determined on the first day of class.

Prerequisite: ASL IV with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

Schedule: Synchronous (Session A: August 22, 2022 – October 14, 2022, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6pm-7:30pm ET)

Tuition: $330 per credit ($990)

Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($31.99)

Syllabus: Please contact us to request a copy.

Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Sign up now!

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes, and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined.

Prerequisite: ASL V with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

Schedule: Synchronous (Session B: October 24, 2022 – December 20, 2022, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6pm-7:30pm ET)

Tuition: $330 per credit ($990)

Course materials: 1) Purchase textbook(s) at eCampus. 2) GoReact ($31.99)

Syllabus: Please contact us to request a copy.

Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

Sign up now!

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FAQs

Academia Questions
The contents of both the 8-week and the 15-week course are the same. The 15-week course is a typical semester-long course whereas the 8-week course is more condensed and moves at a faster pace. You could complete two courses in a semester. For instance, if you are taking an 8-week course for ASL I, you could take ASL II in the next session of 8-week.
8-week Session 15-week Session
  • Fast paced
  • Compressed course
  • Highly motivated students
  • Good for those who want to crunch!
  • Schedule is more intense, same content in half the time
  • Allow 6 hours a week for viewing videos and reading contents, plus 8-9 hours of practicing signs and doing assignments.
  • Slow paced
  • Stretched/prolonged course
  • Students who need more flexibility with schedule
  • More time with studying
  • Allow 3 hours a week for viewing videos and reading contents, plus 4-5 hours of practicing signs and doing assignments
*only available for ASL I-II*
Financial Questions
Students registering for courses through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area do so through their home institution and pay that institution’s tuition fees. All classes held online will be conducted in American Sign Language unless otherwise specified in the course description.
Gallaudet employees are eligible for a tuition waiver.
A regular status Gallaudet University employee must satisfactorily complete the initial probationary period before the employee or eligible family member may enroll in the course for which tuition waiver is being requested. (This requirement does not apply to sign language classes for employees.) A regular status faculty member or teacher may enroll and apply for tuition waiver following the effective date of employment. Part-time employees and their family members are eligible to apply for tuition waiver for one course per semester only. Employees and their eligible family members who have tuition waived are not eligible for University sponsored financial aid programs designed to supplement tuition and lab fees. Eligible Gallaudet employees should complete an application and submit it with an approved Tuition Waiver Form to Contact.
Applicants must satisfy the admissions requirements and adhere to all registration guidelines. Registration officials within the University determine the availability of space within the class following admission of tuition-paying students.
Financial Aid does not cover PST/non-degree credits and ASL Connect offers non-degree credit courses (PST). Alternative aid such as Americorps awards, VR, Vet Benefits, tuition reimbursement, and etcetera are often accepted. Alternative Aids: Americorps, Vet Benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Employer-Paid Tuition If your tuition will be paid by alternative aid, the appropriate paperwork must be received to complete your application. Instructions as to how our office is to bill the authorizing agent must also be included. Any payments from VR, employers, or other organizations/departments may have an invoice requested by contacting us.
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