**CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. POSTPONED TO FALL 2020.
Sign Language classes at CAD provides an enjoyable and effective method to learn American Sign Language (ASL) through classroom instruction taught by certified ASL Instructors. Students will learn about Deaf culture when taking the classes.
What is American Sign Language?
American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary language of most Deaf Canadians. It is a visual perceived language based on naturally evolved system of articulated hand gestures and their placement relative to the body, along with non-manual markers such as facial expression, head movements, shoulder raises, mouth morphemes, and movements of the body. ASL is a complete, natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from English.
About CAD sign languages classes
Our certified Deaf instructors whose first language is American Sign Language. Deaf instructors use Signing Naturally, a sign language curriculum that teaches both ASL and Deaf Culture to help you better understand the communications needs of the Deaf community. The Signing Naturally series is recognized as the curriculum in North America for those who wish to learn ASL. Our classes are a”no-voice” teaching method is used to reinforce the learning experience. You will learn through classroom instructions and role-play, as well as DVD instructions and a workbook. The DVD and workbook supplement and reinforce the classroom instruction so you can review, practice and retain what you learn.
CAD have 8 courses ranging from beginners to advanced
- Beginner courses are designed to introduce students to ASL. Concepts discussed relates to people, places, and things within the immediate environment. Students will learn to handle basic, everyday communications such as exchanging information, identifying and/or describing others, and asking for clarification.
- Intermediate courses emphasize language in context: locating things, learning numeracy, making request with inflection, talking about life events and family histories, describing objects and having social conversation.
- Advanced course focus on building narrative skills, moving from an informal to a more formal presentation, and on developing conversation skills used in everyday discussion.
Learning any language takes a great deal of time, energy and commitment. To be able to sign is only part of the process. You must be able to understand ASL signed by a native user. People learn at different rates so it’s difficult to predict how long it will take to learn ASL. If you are active in the Deaf community, you will speed up your pace learning ASL.
How to choose your sign language courses?
If you have no previous knowledge of ASL, you begin with Signing Naturally 101. If you have some ASL experiences, please contact us to discuss a ASL placement test.
How to register for American Sign Language classes?
To register, please locate the courses you want to take on the schedule provided below. Click on the link to register and to pay online. Your registration will be confirmed immediately. Classes are offered year round and primarily in the evenings, Monday through Thursdays and Saturdays. Summer schedule may also include immersions with run Monday to Friday during the day time.
***Check back later – no classes available due to COVID 19 Pandemic***
How much is the course?
All ASL classes are priced each at $340.00 per student registration. This price is for all ASL Levels. Textbooks Materials are $140.00 plus GST. If you wish to register, please click on the link above for course selections.
ASL Course Withdrawnal Policy
CAD Refund Policy: refunds are provided up to 7 days before the course begins. There is are no full refunds after that. If you decide to withdraw, please contact CAD at firstname.lastname@example.org. A $25.00 administration fee and $33.50 per class taken as applicable will be deducted from the refund. The administrative fee will be waived for a transfer to another course. Refunds will be processed within 10 business days. A full refund will be given if a course is cancelled by CAD. No refund is given for student workbooks.