ASL Institute

Join Columbia College Chicago's American Sign Language Department for ASL Institute, a series of American Sign Language workshops to increase your skills and conversational fluency. These workshops are open to anyone interested in learning American Sign Language.

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  • Beginning American Sign Language Conversational Workshop

    This six-week workshop concentrates on development of conversational fluency in American Sign Language (ASL). Participants learn to accurately recognize and produce signs in ASL with appropriate non-manual behaviors and grammatical features. Workshop is a basic introduction to ASL, and participants develop expressive and receptive ASL skills through discussions of topics such as personal information, surroundings, residences, families and activities. This workshop meets once a week and lasts for two hours. Our Deaf faculty will teach the workshop.

    Course fee: $110.00

    Schedule: Meets two hours per week for six weeks

    Location:
    Columbia College Chicago
    33 E. Congress Parkway, 4th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60605

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  • Intermediate American Sign Language Conversational Workshop

    This continuing six-week workshop concentrates on development of conversational fluency in American Sign Language (ASL). Participants learn to accurately recognize and produce signs in ASL with appropriate non-manual behaviors and grammatical features. Workshop is a basic introduction to ASL, and participants develop expressive and receptive ASL skills through discussions of topics such as vocabulary, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, occupations and Deaf Culture norms. This workshop meets once a week and lasts for two hours. Our Deaf faculty will teach the workshop. 

    Pre-requisite: Beginning American Sign Language Conversational Workshop

    Course fee: $110.00

    Schedule: Meets two hours per week for six weeks 

    Location:
    Columbia College Chicago
    33 E. Congress Parkway, 4th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60605

    dates and registration

  • Advanced American Sign Language Conversational Workshop

    This workshop focuses on intermediate development of conversational fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and includes further training in receptive and expressive skills, fingerspelling, vocabulary building and grammatical structures.  Topics introduced using ASL include giving directions, describing physical characteristics, making requests, discussion of occupations, daily routines and attributing qualities to individuals.

    Pre-requisite: Intermediate American Sign Language Conversational Workshop

    Course fee: $110.00

    Schedule: Meets two hours per week for six weeks

    Location:
    Columbia College Chicago
    33 E. Congress Parkway, 4th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60605

    dates and registration

For the current ASL Institute schedule and offerings, please contact Lynn Cachey in the American Sign Language Department (lcachey@colum.edu; 312-957-4838).