Sign Language

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

Coastal Carolina offers Beginning through Advanced American Sign Language (ASL) courses. Along with learning about the deaf community, each level of ASL helps you to develop the skills that can lead to an interpreting career.

ASL is a visual language. With signing, the brain processes linguistic information through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of hands, as well facial expressions and body movements, all play important parts in conveying information.

ASL is comparable in its complexity and expressiveness to spoken languages. It is not a form of English. It has its own distinct grammatical structure, which must be mastered in the same way as the grammar of any other foreign language. ASL is composed of precise handshapes and movements. Important to understand is the fact that ASL is a complete language and can convey any idea: abstract, subtle, or complex. ASL is a living language that grows and changes over time.

ASL is accepted by many high schools, colleges, and universities in fulfillment of modern and “foregin” language academic degree requirements across the United States.

American Sign Language – Beginning

Learn American Sign Language and about the deaf community. Also learn how to introduce yourself, form questions and exchange information, describe your surroundings, and tell about your family and about the community where you live. Basic laws affecting the deaf community and an introduction to the profession of interpreting and deaf education will be presented. An introduction to receptive and expressive signing and career options for signers will also be included.

Course Length: 36 hours

American Sign Language – Intermediate

This class is a continuation of the beginning level class and will cover more vocabulary and more situational signing experiences. Conversational phrases will be utilized throughout the class and the last class date will involve a conversational activity. This is an outstanding class to determine if you would like to pursue a career in sign language.

Course Length: 36 hours

American Sign Language – Advanced I

This course is designed to have the learner demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of advanced language techniques including: vocabulary, conversational dialogues, handshape stories, cheers and songs, poetry, storytelling, and legends. This course also includes a deeper look at grammatically correct ASL in contrast to conversational signing.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Sign Language

Course Length: 39 hours

American Sign Language – Advanced II

In this class students will take a deeper look at context clues, voicing a sign or phrase, idioms, sentence structure, deaf culture, and more. Concepts taught in the previous classes will be reviewed through practical application with new vocabulary added as appropriate.

Prerequisite: Advanced Sign Language I

Course Length: 36 hours