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Overview

Have you watched someone use sign language and wished you could understand? American Sign Language, or ASL as it is commonly known, is a complete language using signs, hand shapes and facial expressions.

The ASL program is designed for people interested in learning sign language, professionals in contact with the deaf community in their jobs, and friends and family members of a deaf person.

Learn a comprehensive understanding of ASL from the alphabet to basic words and concepts, recognizing facial expressions all the way to describing objects and full conversations. 

The Vista Program

The Vista Signing Naturally approach offers a standardized curriculum to learning ASL. Created and developed at Vista Community College in Berkley, California, it not only teaches signs, but also grammar and deaf culture. The Vista approach stresses natural communication.

The Vista program was conceived and developed by three native signers of ASL, two of whom are deaf and one hearing. They used the following three premises when creating Vista. Languages are learned best when presented in context. Language is retained best when activities are meaningful and/or related to experiences. Comprehensive skills are developed more quickly than expressive skills.

Older methods of teaching sign language used Manually Coded English (MCE). This system substitutes words for signs in English word orders. MCE was used in schools with deaf children to reinforce their English skills, but this is changing in Manitoba and elsewhere. The Vista method has been field-tested over the last few years by ten colleges and elsewhere. Compared to other sign programs, Vista was found to be easier, more enjoyable and more practical. Vista allows students to learn ASL more gradually and comfortably, and has improved the overall quality of instruction.

The Signing Naturally approach to acquiring ASL allows people, with no knowledge of sign language, to communicate comfortably in a variety of situations with the Deaf. As well as classroom instruction, Vista offers input via video, text and workbook. Because of the interactive nature of instruction, enrollment is limited. Classroom instruction is supplemented by the accompanying videotape and workbook, which allow students to review, practice and retain what is learned.

Admissions

An application is not required for this program.

NEXT STEP

Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. Then, register by visiting How to Register & Apply 

Careers & Connections

Individuals who are employed or seeking employment with public and private schools, rehabilitation centres, centres for people with development disabilities, hospitals, etc. would find this program beneficial.

 

 

Tools & Supplies

Course Name

Course Number Textbook Author
American Sign Language 101, 102, 103
COMM-0047
COMM-0048
COMM-0049
Signing Naturally Student Workbook Level 1
Lentz and Mikos Smith
American Sign Language 201, 202, 203
COMM-0050
COMM-0051
COMM-0052
Signing Naturally Student Workbook Level 2
Lentz and Mikos Smith

Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.


At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To receive an American Sign Language document of achievement, students must successfully complete 120 academic hours. To graduate with an American Sign Language Certificate of Achievement, students must successfully complete 240 academic hours.

Tuition, fees and Student Association fees total approximately $1,300 for the document of achievement and approximately $2,600 for the certificate of achievement. All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

Course Title Course Number Hours
American Sign Language 101
COMM-0047
40
American Sign Language 102
COMM-0048
40
American Sign Language 103
COMM-0049
40
American Sign Language 201
COMM-0050
40
American Sign Language 202
COMM-0051
40
American Sign Language 203
COMM-0052
40

Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. You must search by the course title/name, not by program name (e.g. American Sign Language ASL101, not American Sign Language).

If you cannot find the course you are interested in, please contact Continuing Studies at Assiniboine at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net or 204.725.8725.

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