American Sign Language
This nine-week course is an introduction to American Sign Language, the language used by deaf people in the U.S. and most of Canada. Students will develop practical skills and knowledge needed for successful interactions with deaf people.
Students will learn beginning ASL vocabulary and grammar (including use of space, non-manual signals, and classifiers). Topics include: fingerspelling, introducing yourself, asking questions, feelings, family members, colors, foods, clothing, animals, and a variety of survival phrases for basic conversation.
Since a language cannot be separated from its culture, students will also learn some information on deaf culture, including attention-getting strategies, politically correct terminology, and behavioral norms/values.
The class will be taught by Aaron and Patty Bristol. They were both college trained in San Diego and worked as sign language interpreters and educational aids for deaf students for many years. Patty is hearing impaired and her husband, Aaron, has been her interpreter for their entire 29 years of marriage. They have taught many classes over the years from very young children to the elderly. This class is taught in a style that is intended to be fun and at times even humorous in order to build memorable connections between signs and their meanings. It is strongly encouraged that you take the class along with a friend or family member so that you can practice with them throughout the week.
The class meets on Thursday evenings for 9 weeks, January 30 - March 26, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $125.