- Interact with an internationally-known Deaf instructor with extensive experience teaching ASL in the arts community.
- Gain exposure to the cultural and societal norms of the Deaf community.
- Explore a blend of practical interpreter training and opportunities for creative application.
- Enhance your resume and career.
Foundations of American Sign Language
- Spring 1 Term Begins
- Mar 4
Learning a new language is a great way to meet new people, familiarize yourself with new cultures and communicate with others. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.
What will you learn in Foundations of American Sign Language?
-History of ASL and the Deaf Community
-Assignments: Gestures and Tracing
-ASL Grammar: Statements and Questions
-Vocabulary and Numbers
-Assignments: Gesture Review, Sign the Numbers, What’s the Number and Role Shifting
-How Did You Get There?
-Knowing Your Locations
-Stories, Numbers and Fingerspelling
-Assignments: Cardinal Numbers 30-66, Spatial Agreement and “Down” Letters
-Reference Space, Pronouns and Negative Responses
-Asking for Personal Information
-Assignments: Dialogue and Write the Signs
-Midterm Preparation and Exam
-Days of the Week
-Day/Time & When Questions
-Opinions About Chores
-Assignments: Sign the Months, Time and Fingerspelling G & H
-Family Member Descriptions
-Assignments: Building a Fire: Using Classifiers, Family Members & Mini Dialogues
-Final Preparation and Exam
Required Materials (Not to register for until first day of class):
Peter Cook is Associate Professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation and an internationally known Deaf performing artist. Using American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement, Cook has performed at numerous festivals across the country – the Jonesboro National Storytelling Festival, The Deaf Way II and at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Cook has an MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University (2011) and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology (1986).
“I took ASL through Columbia Online and it was an absolutely incredible experience. As someone who was living in Minnesota, the online course provided me access to the great faculty and wealth of information that I would not have been able to access otherwise.”— Mariam E., Columbia Online Student
K. Crom Saunders
K. Crom Saunders is an Associate Professor in the ASL Department at Colombia College Chicago where he teaches a number of ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies and Interpreting courses. Saunders began working at Columbia in the Fall of 2009. He holds an MA degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento (2002). He earned his BA in English from California State University, Northridge (1996). Saunders is actively developing a body of research based on the representation of Deaf people in the media and how this ties in with the history and current development of ASL and Deaf culture.
Prior to joining the ASL Department at Columbia, Saunders taught a variety of ASL and ASL-English Interpretation courses at the University of Pittsburgh (2007-2009) and at the University of San Francisco (2007). Since joining Columbia College Chicago, he has helped to further develop the curriculum in the ASL Department and ASL-English Interpretation BA Program so students have a stronger foundation for not only their capstone courses, but also their careers as interpreters. Saunders also co-developed the foundation of the Deaf Studies BA Program and currently is the Director of the Deaf Studies BA Program.
I took ASL 101 through Columbia Online and it was an absolutely incredible experience. As someone who was living in Minnesota, the online course provided me access to the great faculty and wealth of information that I would not have been able to access otherwise.— Mariam E., Columbia Online Student