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Learn American Sign Language

Posted on April 4, 2021 | Filed under General News

The application here is available for enrollment in American Sign Language 1 in Fall 2021. This is a full 4 credit course that will meet once a week on Thursdays from 5:05 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. Please read the following information before deciding whether to apply to take ASL:

How Does Self-Directed Study Work?
Allegheny’s ASL courses are not regular classroom courses. They are language courses offered under a self-instructional 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 attend an interview to obtain permission to enroll from instructor Jill Lewis.
Attend an orientation session.

For more information, please email Professor Jill Lewis at