ASL Class Registration begins in December!

American Sign Language

Classes in Rhode Island

Perspectives offers ASL classes at levels ranging from beginner to advanced, in a friendly, fun and supportive environment at our locations throughout Rhode Island.

UPCOMING CLASSES CURRENT SCHEDULE

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Perspectives' American Sign Language classes are designed to help professionals who support children, adolescents and adults who use sign language as a primary means of communication.

Teachers, parents, family members, friends and caregivers will also benefit greatly from taking these classes as they build the necessary skills to communicate with the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing person.


CURRENT SCHEDULE


 class
location
dates
time
 
 ASL - Level 1
North Kingstown
9/14 - 11/16 (Thursdays)
10AM - 12PM

 ASL - Level 1
Warwick
9/12 - 11/14 (Tuesdays)
6PM - 8PM

 ASL - Level 1
Providence
9/14 - 11/16 (Thursdays)
6PM - 8PM

 ASL - Level 2
North Kingstown
9/12 - 11/14 (Tuesdays)
10AM - 12PM

 ASL - Level 2
North Kingstown
9/14 - 11/16 (Thursdays)
6PM - 8PM

 ASL - Level 3
Warwick
11/3 - 11/16 (Fridays)
6PM - 8PM

 ASL - Level 4
North Kingstown
9/12 - 11/14 (Tuesdays)
6PM - 8PM


REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED

REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SESSION BEGINS IN DECEMBER

ASL | LEVEL 1

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This is a "voice off" (meaning no spoken language) class where students will begin to learn basic ASL skills using the ASL at Work curriculum, covering Units 1 to 4. Students will learn introducing themselves, navigating basic social and workplace situations, and begin learning basic ASL concepts of time and place. Linguistic concepts of ASL such as classifiers and grammar are introduced. Prerequisite: none.

Students signing up for this level have little or no sign experience. Examples of topics covered include; introducing ourselves, making appointments, and describing people at work and work duties. Students will begin to develop ASL comprehension and expressive skills at this level.

Information on Deaf culture and awareness will also be integrated into this class. This class is designed for human services and healthcare professionals, educators, and anyone else interested in learning ASL using a total immersion approach.

ASL | LEVEL 1 - PROVIDENCE

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This is a "voice off" (meaning no spoken language) class where students will begin to learn basic ASL skills using the ASL at Work curriculum, covering Units 1 to 4. Students will learn introducing themselves, navigating basic social and workplace situations, and begin learning basic ASL concepts of time and place. Linguistic concepts of ASL such as classifiers and grammar are introduced. Prerequisite: none.

ASL | LEVEL 2

CLASS DESCRIPTION

ASL Level 2 builds on the foundation of ASL 1, continuing in the "voice off" method. Students will use their previous vocabulary to learn introductory conversational skills using ASL linguistic structures. Topics covered include sharing information about themselves, asking for help, and discussing activities. Classifier use begins to be incorporated at this level. Prerequisite: ASL Level 1 or similar coursework.

ASL | LEVEL 3

CLASS DESCRIPTION

ASL Level 3 furthers students use of conversational skills within ASL lingustic structures. It uses vocabulary from past levels to start discussions around making requests, talking about the weather, and introduces more advanced concepts of space, place, and time. Classifiers are now an important component of the content. Prerequisite: ASL Level 2 or similar coursework.

ASL | LEVEL 4

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This class concludes the ASL at Work curriculum, covering units 12-14. Students at this level should begin to demonstrate conversational skills and will be able to discuss topics including; medical terms and illnesses, routines for taking medicine, locating objects, locative classifiers, and giving directions using classifiers. Various topics in Deaf culture will also be covered with an emphasis in Deaf community networking. Prerequisite: ASL Level 3 or similar coursework.


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