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American Sign Language

What You’ll Learn

Language learning at your own pace

In the ASL Prep certificate program, you'll learn the beginning vocabulary and skills that will give you a solid foundation in American Sign Language. When you're ready, continue to develop your language abilities with the ASL Basic certificate program.

What to expect

Located at our Lansdowne campus, the American Sign Language program is offered throughout the year. If you work continuously, you can begin the Prep level in January or March, finishing up with the Basic level in the fall. Each level is 120 hours of study. Classes may be offered in the evenings or on Saturdays, usually once or twice per week. We typically offer several intakes of Prep Level ASL in Fall, Winter, and Spring and one intake of Basic Level ASL in the Fall.

You should expect to complete weekly homework and quizzes/exams, and to allow time to practice conversational skills. The number of hours of study outside of the classroom varies, but you should expect five to 10 hours per week of homework throughout the program. You will also be encouraged to attend Deaf events in the community.

If you plan to continue past the first course, you can apply to the American Sign Language Certificate program, which qualifies you for an educational tax credit while you earn your credential.

At the end of the program, you'll be able to show these skills for the Prep and Basic levels.

Prep Level

  • Develop a beginning vocabulary and skills in American Sign Language to communicate personal and family information
  • Build conversation and information-sharing skills in American Sign Language, useful in communicating with friends, neighbours, family members and/or co-workers
  • Increase personal awareness of the Deaf culture

Basic Level

  • Demonstrate skill in gaining and maintaining visual attention, controlling pace of conversation, confirming information, and using possessive forms correctly in American Sign Language
  • Demonstrate skill in asking and giving longer responses to questions, incorporating linguistic and grammatical features learned in American Sign Language
  • Apply descriptive and locative classifiers and facial grammatical and effective markers in American Sign Language


Course Course Name Length
Total length 252 hours
AMSL 990V Information Session 1.5 hours
AMSL 501V American Sign Language Prep 1 30 hours
AMSL 502V American Sign Language Prep 2 30 hours
AMSL 503V American Sign Language Prep 3 30 hours
AMSL 504V American Sign Language Prep 4 30 hours
AMSL 555V Prep Mastery Exam 6 hours
AMSL 601V American Sign Language Basic 1 30 hours
AMSL 602V American Sign Language Basic 2 30 hours
AMSL 603V American Sign Language Basic 3 30 hours
AMSL 604V American Sign Language Basic 4 30 hours
AMSL 655V Basic Mastery Exam 6 hours

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