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American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the most prevalent sign language of deaf communities in the United States and much of Canada. ASL dialects are used in other countries in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Many people learn ASL as a second language. ASL is related to French Sign Language (FSL).

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American Sign Language


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American Sign Language (ASL) is the most prevalent sign language of deaf communities in the United States and much of Canada. ASL dialects are used in other countries in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Many people learn ASL as a second language. ASL is related to French Sign Language (FSL).

ASL Unversity definition: "American Sign Language is a visually perceived language based on a naturally evolved system of articulated hand gestures and their placement relative to the body, along with non-manual markers such as facial expressions, head movements, shoulder raises, mouth morphemes and movements of the body."

American Sign Language was developed at the American School for the Deaf (ASD) in Hartford, Connecticut, in the early 19th century. According to ASL University, 2 million people use ASL on a daily basis; at least 500,000 use ASL as their primary means of communication.

Inver Hills offers four courses in American Sign Language: ASL I, ASL II, ASL III and ASL IV, covering ASL grammar, vocabulary development and deaf culture. Courses are taught by a deaf instructor.

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ASL 1101  American Sign Language I   3.0 cr

Introduces American Sign Language (ASL), a visual/gestural language used by the Deaf Community. Course covers sign vocabulary, sentence structures, dialogue formats through facial expressions and body movements used in signing, and various aspects of deaf culture. Classes will be taught by a deaf instructor, so the use of voice may be limited.

ASL 1102  American Sign Language II   3.0 cr

Is a continuation from Introduction to American Sign Language I. This course is designed to improve the student's receptive and expressive skills and increase the student's awareness of Deaf Culture. Classes will be taught by a deaf instructor so the use of voice may be limited. Prereq: ASL 1101.

ASL 1103  American Sign Language III   3.0 cr

Continues American Sign Language II, expanding the emphasis on ASL grammar, vocabulary development, and Deaf Culture. Dialogue, short stories, narratives, and short conversation, both receptive and expressive, will be exercised through the course. Prerequisites: ASL 1102.

ASL 1104  American Sign Language IV   3.0 cr

Continues American Sign Language, Level III, expanding the emphasis on ASL grammar, vocabulary development, and Deaf Culture. Dialogue, short stories, narratives, and short conversation using various types of classifiers and time signs, both receptive and expressive, will be exercised through the course. Prerequisites: ASL 1103.

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Demand for professional sign language interpreters is high. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 46 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Sign language interpreters work in a variety of fields and workplace settings, including:

  • Education
  • Social services
  • Religion
  • Government
  • Business
  • Performing arts
  • Mental health
  • Medical
  • Law
  • Independent contracting

As a sign language interpreter, you provide a communication link between deaf individuals and hearing individuals, relaying language with an intense attention to accuracy, working from ASL to English or English to ASL. You can work one to one or in small groups and large gatherings, always taking into consideration the differences between deaf and hearing cultures. Key skills for an ASL interpreter include multitasking, active listening and ethical communication.

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Why Inver Hills?

Taking American Sign Language courses at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with American Sign Language faculty
  2. You will get firsthand experience working on real-world American Sign Language issues
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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