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American Sign Language

American Sign Language

Certificate in American Sign Language

Learn to communicate in a new way

For work or for your own interest

Camosun's provincially-recognized American Sign Language (ASL) certification is designed to help you interact with individuals who are Deaf or hearing impaired and will complement your work as a Community Support Worker, Educational Assistant, Child and Youth Care Worker or Early Childhood Educator. The program is taught through immersion, by an instructor who is Deaf, and includes insight into the Deaf culture and working with children and families of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Two levels of certification

This comprehensive program complies with the provincial guidelines for American Sign Language at the post-secondary level. Courses are taught by immersion by instructors who are Deaf, and all communication is visual American Sign Language (ASL). Camosun's certificate program consists of two levels of American Sign Language and you may earn two credentials: ASL Prep and ASL Basic.

ASL Prep

The ASL Prep Level will get you started if you have little or no knowledge of American Sign Language. The focus in on developing a beginning vocabulary and developing basic skills to communicate personal and family information.

You will gain limited conversation and information-sharing skills, useful in communicating with friends, neighbours, family members, and/or co-workers.

ASL Basic

The ASL Basic Level program builds on skills acquired at the Prep Level, and strengthens skills in conversation, asking clarifying questions, phrasing, use of classifiers, and building knowledge of linguistic functions and grammatical features.

You will gain an understanding of Deaf culture and basic skills to communicate with individuals who are Deaf or hearing impaired. The skills acquired will support work with non-verbal children using some signs.

American Sign Language

Certificate in ASL - Prep
Certificate in ASL - Basic
120 hours per certificate
Study Options
Part-time, daytime, evenings or weekends
Fall, Winter, Spring
Health & Human Services/Continuing Education

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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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