American Sign Language (ASL)

Applications for ASL are available HERE or in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, 104 Ruter Hall.

In Fall 2020,  American Sign Language, Level I (WLC 100) will be offered.

In Spring 2021,  American Sign Language, Level II (WLC 200) will be offered.

Please read the information below before deciding whether to apply to take ASL.

Allegheny’s ASL courses are not regular classroom courses.

  • They are language courses offered under a guided self-instruction format that involves the extensive use of recorded media.

What Are The Criteria For Success In This Type Of Study?

  • Very high motivation — a burning desire to learn the language.
  • Self-discipline and good study habits: be able to spend at least two hours per day (12-15 hours per week) in concentrated study.
  • A high threshold of boredom: the ability to stick to mechanical, repetitive drill and memorization for extended periods.
  • An academic average of B (3.0) or better.
  • Evidence of language-learning aptitude (usually shown by successful study of other languages, or high score on the Modern Language Aptitude Test).

What Is Required To Participate In The Program?

  • Submit an application and obtain permission to enroll from the instructor.
  • Attend an orientation session.

For more information, please contact Professor Jill Lewis.