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American Sign Language Programs

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Acquiring a new language through Gallaudet University American Sign Language (ASL) Professional Studies is an important investment in your education and in your life. The ASL program learning experience is grounded in excellent language and cultural academics and is further enhanced in a uniquely language-specific environment. This site provides a comprehensive overview of all that this program has to offer. We urge you to inquire, experience, and apply, knowing that you will receive a newfound knowledge that will last you a lifetime.

American Sign Language (ASL) Courses

Online and On Campus Courses have different curriculum and qualification requirements. What’s the difference? 

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Offered two times per semester.
During Spring and Fall semesters, these 8-week accelerated courses are self-paced and are not the “softer, easier way”! Weekly deadlines have been set to ensure that you have adequate time to complete all assignments within the current session.

Practice through ASL Pals!
Students have opportunities to meet and exercise their language skills with multiple signing partners through ASL Pals as part of their interactive activity requirements.

Learn Online, According to Your Schedule
Online lessons, assignments, and activities are posted online through Blackboard and students are required to log in to submit video assignments electronically and participate in language sessions. Basic computer and Internet literacy are required and students are responsible for establishing their own Internet access, web camera and GoReact account.

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Students are required to attend all classes and apply ASL, not only in the classroom with their peers, but also in various aspects outside the classroom to maximize their language development.

Practice IRL! 
In real life (IRL), students are given opportunities to attend Deaf events on campus or an event hosted in the ASL community to better understand the use of the language within its dynamic environment.

Comprehensive and Intensive
These courses include student activities that require them to produce video assignments through GoReact, a web-based tool, which allow students to submit and receive graded work including constructive feedback, provided by the instructor to further enhance the student’s language growth.

ASL I (3 credits)

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Readiness for learning will be approached via visual-gestural communication techniques, visual discrimination, and visual memory exercises. ASL questions, commands, and other simple sentence structures are introduced to develop rudimentary conversational skills in ASL. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be introduced. 

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Prerequisite: None
Syllabus:  ASL I (Online) PDF

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Prerequisite: None
Syllabus:  ASL I  (On Campus) – PDF  

Course Schedule

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Summer 2018 – Online
Summer 2018 – On Campus
Fall 2018 – Online
Fall 2018 – On Campus
Spring 2019 – TBD
Summer 2019 – TBD
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ASL II (3 credits)

This course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills with primary focus on refining the use of basic ASL sentence types. Pronominalization, classifiers, spatial referencing, pluralization, and temporal and distributional aspects are introduced. Students will learn routine communicative functions of the language: asking, requesting, providing clarification, giving and asking for directions. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.
Prerequisite: ASL I with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus:  ASL II (Online) PDF

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Syllabus:  ASL II  (On Campus) – PDF  

Course Schedule

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Summer 2018 – Online
Summer 2018 – On Campus
Fall 2018 – Online
Fall 2018 – On Campus
Spring 2019 – TBD
Summer 2019 – TBD
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ASL III (3 credits)

This course builds on skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) II, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary, short stories, narratives, and dialogues. The course will include description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects and conditionals. Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be included.
Prerequisite: ASL II with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus:  ASL III (Online) PDF

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Syllabus:  ASL III (On Campus) – PDF

Course Schedule

Options
Summer 2018 – Online
Summer 2018 – On Campus
Fall 2018 – Online
Fall 2018 – On Campus
Spring 2019 – TBD
Summer 2019 – TBD
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ASL IV (3 credits)

This course expands on the development of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and grammar, including the use of two to three character role shifts. Students describe settings, and explain or discuss everyday objects and their use, step-by-step processes, cause and effect, and culturally significant topics relating to the Deaf Community.
Prerequisite: ASL III with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus:  ASL IV (Online) PDF

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Syllabus:  ASL IV (On Campus) – PDF  

Course Schedule

Options
Summer 2018 – Online
Summer 2018 – On Campus
Fall 2018 – Online
Fall 2018 – On Campus
Spring 2019 – TBD
Summer 2019 – TBD
Need Help? Contact Us!

ASL V (3 credits)

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined.
Prerequisite: ASL IV with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus:  ASL V (On Campus) – PDF  

Course Schedule

Options
Summer 2018 – On Campus
Fall 2018 – On Campus
Spring 2019 – TBD
Summer 2019 – TBD
Need Help? Contact Us!

ASL VI (3 credits)

This course applies knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) grammar and vocabulary to the description of increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf Community is also examined.
Prerequisite: ASL V with a grade of “B” or better, or equivalent and permission of program coordinator.

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Syllabus:  ASL VI (On Campus) – PDF  

Course Schedule

Options
Summer 2018 – On Campus
Fall 2018 – On Campus
Spring 2019 – TBD
Summer 2019 – TBD
Need Help? Contact Us!

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SIGN LANGUAGE

EDUCATION

People all around the U.S. and even the world are interested in learning to “speak” and interpret in American Sign Language. ASL is a beautiful language with a unique syntax and lexicon and a rich history all it’s own. If you are interested in Sign Language / Interpreting classes this is a great starting point. Gate has basic to the most advanced classes. Gate also has specialized courses. They are available in our office, online, and at alternative sites.  Find out more information by clicking on the links below. Commonly asked questions are at the bottom of the page. You can also request additional information by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. 

CLASSES IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Interested in taking classes in ASL? You have come to the right place. We teach individualized collegiate level courses. These classes are great for beginners or individuals with a few classes under their belt who need advanced refresher courses. For information click below:

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INTERPRETING TRAINING PROGRAM

Do you want to walk through an entire interpreting training program, or need some assistance after graduating from a previous college? We are here to help. Click below and find out what our ITP has to offer. 

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SPECIALIZED CLASSES

Interested in learning Sign Language to communicate with a Deaf family member, a child with Down Syndrome, a child with a speech disability, or an aging parent? Are you a health care worker, a medical care worker, or a public service employee who needs to communicate with Deaf members of the public. We can create a class that specifically meets your needs! Click on the link below to find out more.  

INTERPRETING CLASSES & MENTORING

Do you want to become an interpreter? This is a great place to start. Click below to see the classes Gate has to offer for interpreting students and interpreters wanting mentoring, and to find answers to the many questions interpreting students have. From basic interpreting courses to NIC prep to Performance Interpreting, we have classes for you!

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ONLINE CLASSES

Do you want to take Sign Language or Interpreting courses but don’t have access to classes near your home? We have taught online students as close as Middle Tennessee and as far away as Australia. All you need is high speed internet and Skype. It’s that simple. Click below to find out more!

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SIGN CLASSES FOR ARTISTS & ACTORS

Are you an Artist or an Actor who wants to communicate with your Deaf fans? You have come to the perfect place! Whether you want to learn a single song in Sign Language, or you want to learn basic communication, this is the place to start! Click below to find out more! 

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What size are the in office classes? 

All classes are one-on-one private tutorials unless larger classes are requested and set up by the students themselves. 

 

Where are the classes held? 

Middle Tennessee students usually attend classes at the Gate office in Franklin. Distance students can attend classes from any location where they have phone/internet service. 

 

How much do classes cost? 

Private Tutorials: $38/hr for a single student. Prices change as student numbers in an individual class grows. 

Online Group Classes: $25/class.

 

When do classes start/stop?

Private tutorials start/stop according to your schedule and according to the availability of the instructors. Online group classes start on a more defined schedule. Check out our ONLINE CLASS page for more information. 

 

What pace do the instructors work at? 

Private Tutorials: INSTRUCTORS WORK AT YOUR PACE. 

Online Group Classes follow a more standard collegiate pace. 

 

How long does it take to get through a single class? 

Private Tutorials: Assume a class is 16 weeks. A student can finish them faster or take much longer. We work at the pace of the students. Specialized classes don’t have a specific target date. 

Online Group Classes: Approximately 10 weeks per class. 

 

Can we take more than one class at a time. 

Yes. 

 

How many classes can students can take a week. 

Up to 4 hours a week are allowed for Private Tutorials, but it is based on the availability of the instructors.