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We offer for-credit (3 credits for each course), online American Sign Language (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.

 

ASL Online Courses

American Sign Language I

This course is an introduction to the basic skills in developing production and comprehension skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will learn ASL vocabulary, structure, and grammar.  Course content also includes the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will develop basic conversational abilities, culturally appropriate behaviors, and learn about the culture and history of Deaf communities. 


American Sign Language II

This course is an introduction to the basic skills in developing production and comprehension skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will learn ASL vocabulary, structure, and grammar.  Course content also includes the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will develop basic conversational abilities, culturally appropriate behaviors, and learn about the culture and history of Deaf communities.   

 

American Sign Language III

This course is an introduction to the intermediate skills in developing production and comprehension skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will learn ASL vocabulary, structure, and grammar.  Course content also includes the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will develop and refine intermediate conversational abilities, culturally appropriate behaviors, and learn about the culture and history of Deaf communities.   

 

American Sign Language IV

This course is an introduction to intermediate skills in developing production and comprehension skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will learn ASL vocabulary, structure, and grammar.  Course content also includes the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will continue to refine their conversational abilities, culturally appropriate behaviors, and learn about the culture and history of Deaf communities. 

 

American Sign Language V

This course is an introduction to intermediate skills in developing production and comprehension skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will learn ASL vocabulary, structure, and grammar.  Course content also includes the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will develop and refine intermediate conversational abilities, culturally appropriate behaviors, and learn about the culture and history of Deaf communities.

 

American Sign Language VI

This course is an introduction to intermediate skills in developing production and comprehension skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will learn ASL vocabulary, structure, and grammar.  Course content also includes the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will develop and refine intermediate conversational abilities, culturally appropriate behaviors, and learn about the culture and history of Deaf communities. 

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Summer Residency Program

Our Summer Residency Program offers a place where participants from all over the nation and the world share a common goal of wanting to accelerate their learning of American Sign Language (ASL). This academic program happens at Gallaudet University campus in person, the only university designed specifically for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in the world. ASL courses offered in two-week sessions throughout the summer allow participants like you to increase their language competency without the distractions of their day-to-day lives with the option to stay in our campus dorms.



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.

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Academia Questions
ASL Connect is intended to be a central resource for learning American Sign Language (ASL) and about Deaf Studies online, with all content created by Deaf ASL-fluent scholars. We offer ways to learn some basic ASL online to get you started, and then we offer highly engaging and interactive ASL and Deaf Studies courses online.
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 American Sign Language (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
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.
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.
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.
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