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ASL and Deaf Studies (introductory courses)


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Learn American Sign Language in the evenings or summer. VCC offers part-time evening classes from September to June, including a six week class in July and August. All of our ASL instructors are native signers and active members of the Deaf community.

Program Status:

Accepting applications



Program one-pager
Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
January, July, September 6 and 24 weeks VCC Transcript Broadway Part-time

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.

Program Description

Program Description

Our curriculum follows the signing naturally, functional-notional approach to acquiring ASL designed by Vista College in Berkeley, California. This practical, conversational approach means that classes are conducted completely in ASL, even for beginners. This gives students an immersion experience, which has been proven to be the best way for non-Deaf people to learn a visual-gestural language. Students are not permitted to use spoken language in class, which enhances the students' process of attaining a comfort level in receiving information visually and in using the hands, face, and body to communicate messages.

For students who have never studied American Sign Language (ASL), the normal sequence of courses is to first take SIGN 1000 American Sign Language Level 1. Upon successful completion of SIGN 1000 American Sign Language Level 1 students are then eligible to apply for the full-time 10-month program or register for SIGN 2000 American Sign Language Level 2. Students who have completed SIGN 2000 American Sign Language Level 2 are eligible to take SIGN 3000 American Sign Language Level 3.


For more information about ASL and Deaf studies please call 604.871.7000, ext. 7443 (voicemail), 604.871.7100 (fax), or 604.871.7444 (TTY). A brochure for the upcoming term can be mailed to you upon request.

Information about interpreting and Braille services


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Prospective students must be 18 years of age or older.

  1. SIGN 1000 American Sign Language Level 1 - Minimum completion of at least Grade 9 English or CLB Level 7 or an English assessment.
  2. SIGN 2000 American Sign Language Level 2 - successful completion of SIGN 1000 American Sign Language Level 1 or a comparable course recognized by VCC.
  3. SIGN 3000 American Sign Language Level 3 - successful completion of SIGN 2000 American Sign Language Level 2 or a comparable course recognized by VCC.

 

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Good manual dexterity
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Visual acuity

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $345.00 per course
Student Union Fee $30.00
College Initiative Fee $10.00
Other Costs $14.00 Campus Resource Fee
$150 Approximate textbook (DVD and student workbook)

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Expand your career opportunities and communicate better with Deaf friends, family members, clientele and colleagues.

VCC's American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf studies programs offer a solid foundation in ASL and Deaf awareness for use in the workplace, everyday life or wherever you encounter Deaf people.

ASL and Deaf studies (full-time)
ASL and Deaf studies (intoductory courses)

Email signlanguage@vcc.ca or call 604.871.7000, ext. 7443 for more information.

Date Day Time Room Location
May 2, 2018 Wednesday 6 - 7 p.m. 2555, building A Broadway
June 6, 2018 Wednesday 6 - 7 p.m. 2555, building A Broadway


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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Spring/Summer 2018 (201860)

(SIGN 1000) American Sign Language Level 1 6.0 credits  course outline



This 120 hour course includes vocabulary development, manual alphabet, numeral system, simple structures and grammatical forms of ASL, as well as insight into the culture and community of Deaf people. In addition, laboratory or group practice, drills, exercises, and dialogues to develop the grammatical forms and syntax are included. This course follows the Signing Naturally Units 1-6 curriculum.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  60984 BWY-A Rm. 2556
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1359
03-Jul-2018
to 10-Aug-2018
TBATo be assigned


(SIGN 2000) American Sign Language Level 2 6.0 credits  course outline



This 120 hour course includes vocabulary development, fingerspelled words, numeral incorporation, basic structures and grammatical forms of ASL, as well as insight into the culture and community of Deaf people. In addition, laboratory or group practice, drills, exercises, and dialogues to develop the grammatical forms and syntax are included. This course follows the Signing Naturally Untis 7-12 curriculum.

Prerequisite: SIGN 1000 or equivalent.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  61882 BWY-A Rm. 2559
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1359
03-Jul-2018
to 10-Aug-2018
TBATo be assigned


Upcoming Schedules in Fall 2018 (201870)

(SIGN 1000) American Sign Language Level 1 6.0 credits  course outline



This 120 hour course includes vocabulary development, manual alphabet, numeral system, simple structures and grammatical forms of ASL, as well as insight into the culture and community of Deaf people. In addition, laboratory or group practice, drills, exercises, and dialogues to develop the grammatical forms and syntax are included. This course follows the Signing Naturally Units 1-6 curriculum.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  71421 BWY-A Rm. 2556
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1900 - 2129
10-Sep-2018
to 05-Dec-2018
TBATo be assigned
  71421 BWY-A Rm. 2556
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1900 - 2129
07-Jan-2019
to 20-Mar-2019
TBATo be assigned
  71424 BWY-A Rm. 2556
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1900 - 2129
11-Sep-2018
to 06-Dec-2018
TBATo be assigned
  71424 BWY-A Rm. 2556
TRM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1900 - 2129
08-Jan-2019
to 21-Mar-2019
TBATo be assigned


(SIGN 2000) American Sign Language Level 2 6.0 credits  course outline



This 120 hour course includes vocabulary development, fingerspelled words, numeral incorporation, basic structures and grammatical forms of ASL, as well as insight into the culture and community of Deaf people. In addition, laboratory or group practice, drills, exercises, and dialogues to develop the grammatical forms and syntax are included. This course follows the Signing Naturally Untis 7-12 curriculum.

Prerequisite: SIGN 1000 or equivalent.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  71419 BWY-A Rm. 2559
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1900 - 2129
10-Sep-2018
to 05-Dec-2018
TBATo be assigned
  71419 BWY-A Rm. 2559
MWM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1900 - 2129
07-Jan-2019
to 20-Mar-2019
TBATo be assigned


Term 1

(SIGN 1000) American Sign Language Level 1
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits  course outline
(SIGN 2000) American Sign Language Level 2
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits  course outline
(SIGN 3000) American Sign Language Level 3
course schedule schedule
6.0 credits course outline