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American Sign Language for Beginners Part I

Course Description

ASL at Work takes students who have no knowledge of Sign Language to the point where they can function comfortably in a wide variety of situations in the Deaf community.

Cultural information taught throughout this class will allow you to interact with the Deaf community in a way that is respectful and aware. 

Everyday communication is the centerpiece of every lesson. Topics revolve around sharing information about our environment and us. Grammar is introduced in context, with an emphasis on developing question and answering skills.

The student workbook is rich in colorful pictures, signed vocabulary, expansion of classroom instruction, Deaf history and culture, and exercises led by Deaf models on two video DVDs that are included with your workbook.

Important Information

In addition to the course fee, you are required to purchase ASL at Work (ISBN is 9781581210811).

Course Fee - $120

 

Meet Your Instructor

Patrick Hinson

Patrick Hinson

Patrick was born hearing but lost it suddenly at the age of 15 so he understands what it is like to learn ASL later in life.  As an instructor, Patrick tries to make the learning experience as fun and enjoyable as possible, recognizing that whatever aptitude someone might bring to the initial learning experience, they can still walk away with some level of proficiency and comfort with it.  Then they can decide whether they’d like to move forward and learn more. Patrick holds a master’s degree in English, Counseling and an Ed.S in Educational Counseling and twenty years of experience working as a therapist for deaf children, adolescents and adults.  He has  worked as a therapist in out-patient, in-patient psychiatric, and in-patient addiction rehab settings in NC, FL, and SC, all with deaf and hard of hearing clients and their families. Patrick also taught elementary and high school Science and English for four years at the Florida School for the Deaf in St Augustine and four years of college English literature and composition for Pitt College in Greenville, NC.  Patrick currently works as a regional out-patient mental health counselor for the SC Department of Mental Health with children, adolescents and adults and their families conducting individual, family and group therapy. He also teaches ASL through Continuing Education programs at both Trident Technical College and the University of South Carolina. 

    

 

Registration and Fees
 

Dates / SessionsTimesFees
American Sign Language for Beginners, Part 1
09/12/2018 – 10/17/2018

Wednesdays
6 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM$120.00

 

Registration and Payment Notes

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, select "register by mail." Complete the form and return a printout with payment to: USC Continuing Education and Conferences, Close/Hipp Building at 1705 College Street, Suite 591, Columbia, SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

We accept online payment via electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express through MarketPlace, a secure electronic environment that simplifies business transactions with the university. Follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed location and parking information for face-to-face programs or online instructions about one week before the program begins.