In Fall 2019, the Center for Language and Culture (CLC) is offering self-directed study in American Sign Language (ASL), Level I (CLC 100).
Please read the information below 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 obtain the Center for Language & Culture Director’s permission to enroll.
- Attend an orientation session.
Applications and further information are available in Ruter Hall 104 or from Professor Barbara Riess in the Modern & Classical Languages Department.