• Intensive Study in ASL Program


     

    Intensive Study in American Sign Language Program

    The Division of Adult and Continuing Education’s Intensive Study in American Sign Language (ISASL) Program is a 6-course series focusing on communication with Deaf individuals. These courses are designed for those who wish to make rapid progress in developing ASL skills and expand their multicultural sign vocabulary but do not wish to earn academic credit. Using the Master ASL! Curriculum, you will develop vocabulary, conversational competence and grammatical knowledge through a total immersion approach that includes classroom conversation, visual language lab activities and online exercises. You will be expected to expand your interaction with the local Deaf community to enhance your linguistic skills and cultural knowledge. Classes are offered days, evenings and weekends through the Program for Deaf Adults or in conjunction with the Education and Language Acquisition Department. High school or GED diploma required.

    If you have already started your sign language education, you are required to be pre-screened for appropriate level placement. To schedule an appointment contact Pacts Cartagna at pcarlson@lagcc.cuny.edu or (917) 832-1202.

    If you wish to earn academic credit for these courses, you must be admitted to the college for the fall or spring semester and are not required to be screened. For more information about ASL classes for credit contact John Collins, Education and Language Acquisition Department, Room B-234XX, at (917) 382-5422 or jocollins@lagcc.cuny.edu 

    This program is not designed to train students as interpreters for the Deaf. For more information on our ASL-English Interpretation Program visit http://www.laguardia.edu/aeip/.

    • Introduction to American Sign Language (A16ASL000) • Introduction to American Sign Language (A16ASL000)

    Interested in learning American Sign Language? Come to the free introductory  session  and  learn  how  to  become  a  fluent communicator or how to make a career from your skills as a signer. It includes a look at the state-of-the-art ASL Language Lab!

    • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 1 (A16ASL011 or A16ASL026) • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 1 (A16ASL011 or A16ASL026)

    You will be introduced to the fundamentals of American Sign Language as used by the Deaf community, including vocabulary, syntax, grammar, semantics, language in use and basic Deaf cultural revelant information. You will focus on developing language and communication skills.

    • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 2 (A16ASL012 or A16ASL015) • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 2 (A16ASL012 or A16ASL015)

    Building on the foundations of ASL Level 1, you will focus on American Sign Language as used by the Deaf community, including vocabulary, syntax, grammar, semantics, language in use and basic aspects of Deaf cultural values. Prerequisite: Intensive Study in ASL Level 1 or pre-screening. 

    • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 3 (A16ASL013 or A16ASL016) • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 3 (A16ASL013 or A16ASL016)

    Expand your ASL skills in a variety of discourse and narrative settings. Topics include spatial organization, semantic awareness, complex use of ASL grammar and syntax, use of classifiers, advanced and complex Deaf cultural information. Prerequisite: Intensive Study in ASL Level 2 or pre-screening.

    • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 4 (A16ASL014 or A16ASL017) • Intensive Study in American Sign Language Level 4 (A16ASL014 or A16ASL017)

    Further enhance your ASL skills in a variety of discourse and narrative settings. Topics include spatial organization, spatial visualization and mapping work; analysis of semantics; complex use of ASL grammar and syntax; use of classifiers; advanced and complex Deaf cultural information. Prerequisite: Intensive Study in ASL Level 3 or pre-screening. 

    • Fingerspelling, Numbers and Glossing 1 (A16ASL018) • Fingerspelling, Numbers and Glossing 1 (A16ASL018)

    Explore the fundamentals of ASL fingerspelling, numbers and glossing. You will focus on the development of ASL parameters, including hand shapes, orientation, location, movement and non-manual signals. Offered jointly with the Education and Language Acquisition Department. Prerequisite: Intensive Study in ASL Level 1 or pre-screening. 

    • Fingerspelling, Numbers and Glossing 2 (A16ASL019) • Fingerspelling, Numbers and Glossing 2 (A16ASL019)

    Build on the foundations of ASL fingerspelling, numbering and glossing in Level 1. You will focus on the further development of ASL parameters, including hand shapes, orientation, location, movement and non-manual signs. Offered jointly with the Education and Language Acquisition Department. Prerequisite: ASL Fingerspelling 1 and Intensive Study in ASL Level 2.


        Required textbook and DVD for all ISASL Levels 1-4 classes

        Master ASL! Level One
        by Jason Zinza 

        This can be purchased at Sign Media, Inc., at the College's
        Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the basement of the LaGuardia’s
        Main Building, or online.

        Required textbook for all ASL Fingerspelling, Numbers, &
         Glossing 1-2 classes

        Master ASL! Fingerspelling, Numbers, and Glossing
        by Jason Zinza 

        They can be purchased at Sign Media, Inc., at the College's
        Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the basement of the
        LaGuardia’s Main Building, or online.

        Recommended materials

        (can be purchased at the College’s bookstore or online)

           1. Random House Webster's ASL Dictionary 
              by E. Costello, L. I. Tom and P. M. Setzer  

          2. The Complete Idiot's to Conversational Sign Language 
              by C. Lazorisak and D. Donohue  

  • CONTACT US

    Program for Deaf Adults
    Division of Continuing Education
    Mailing Address:

    31-10 Thomson Avenue
    Room C-203
    Long Island City, NY 11101

    Office Location:

    29-10 Thomson Avenue
    Room C-203
    Long Island City, NY 11101

     (718) 482-5324  Voice

     (917) 832-1202  VP

     (718) 609-2069  Fax

     pcarlson@lagcc.cuny.edu 


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