- Become conversationally fluent in ASL with weekly one-on-one feedback from instructors.
- Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Deaf community.
- Learn how to effectively communicate in emergency and professional situations.
- Work online at a fast but flexible pace.
- Launch your career as an ASL interpreter.
Intermediate American Sign Language
- Winter Term Begins
- Jan 7
Expand your ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.
What will you learn in Intermediate American Sign Language?
-Describing People and Things
-Identifying Present People
-Describing Personal Items
-Describing Lost Items
-Weather and Natural Disasters
-Weather and Temperature
-Weather and Elemental Classifiers
-Assignments: Opinions about Weather, Travel & Disruptions, Elemental Classifier Story Activity
-Meet with Tutor
-Review: Statement and Questions
-Intro: Rhetorical Questions
-Commands, Conditionals, Negations, Assertions
-Assignments: Basic Sentences Receptive, Expressive: RH & Commands, Receptive: Negations & Assertions, Expressive: Conditionals & Topicalization
-Midterm Exam Prep
-Cultural and Language Part
-Meet with Tutor
-Injuries, Mishaps, and the Workplace
-Idiomatic Language, the Workplace, and Injuries
-Cultural Corner and Review
-Assignments: Idiomatic Language, Locative Classifiers Part 1 & 2, Instrumental Classifiers, Injuries Vocabulary
Week Six & Seven:
-Giving Opinions About Others
-Opinions About Tendencies
-Comparing Personal Qualities
-Cultural: Interrupting Others
-Hand Shape Storytelling
-Assignments: Comparison of Two People – Use of Reference Space, Describing a person not present assignment
-Final Exam Prep
-Receptive, Expressive, and Cultural
-Meet with Tutor
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