Wherever community’s of deaf people exist, sign languages have been developed. Signing is not only used by the deaf, it is also used by people who can hear, but cannot physically speak. In linguistic terms, sign languages are as rich and complex as any spoken language.
American Sign Language is the predominant method of communication used by the Deaf community in Canada and the United States. It is also used by a growing number of hearing people in order to communicate with family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Sign Language I is designed to enable you to learn the basics of sign language in expressive and receptive communication. In Sign Language I, emphasis is placed on the significant element of facial expression and body coordination. You will learn personal pronouns, basic sentence structure, possessives, negatives, questions, use of tense, verbs, imperatives, numbers, and plurals.
Upon successful completion of Sign Language I, you will:
- identify the basic principles of sign language.
- demonstrate adequate vocabulary through signing.
- communicate simple phrases through sign language.
- obtain a Recognition of Participation certificate
No prerequisites required.
Please purchase your textbook in the Lethbridge College Bookstore. The title of this required textbook is "A Basic Course in American Sign Language" by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, and Terrence J. O'Rourke. Please note that you are to pick up the Student Study Guide that goes with it.
This course can be used toward the 150 hour requirement to obtain Blue Seal Certification. For more information go to:
This course is eligible for the Canada - Alberta Job Grant (CAJG), which will reimburse up to 2/3 of the costs of training for organizations that qualify.