Sign Language Courses

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American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language used by the Deaf community in North America. It is a visual language comprised of specific signs, handshapes and facial expressions following a unique grammar structure. Our courses are community based non-accredited classes.

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ADULTS (16+)

ASL classes are offered at a variety of levels year-round in Barrie, Ontario. Courses in other areas including Orillia, Midland and Bracebridge are offered upon interest. All of our instructors are Deaf, professionally trained fluent users of ASL, and provide you with an interactive opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture of the Deaf community. There is no spoken language used regularly in class.

 

Deaf Access uses the Signing Naturally series developed by Deaf native ASL users at Vista Community College in Berkeley, California over 30 years ago. The functional notional approach is based on the language’s communicative use and focuses on natural and interpersonal communication needs.

 

Students with prior learning that wish to gain entry into advanced courses are required to show record of completed courses or take a placement test (fee applies).

INFANTS & TODDLERS

Parents and young children learn signs from a teacher fluent in ASL through the use of songs, stories and hands-on play. Small class sizes, and a theme-based curriculum provide families with a fun way to enhance early communication.

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Toddler & Preschool sign language

CHILDREN & YOUTH (8+)

Using the Signing Time curriculum, children and youth learn to communicate in basic sign language with their peers through games, role play, and activities. Children and youth are encouraged to interact as much as possible through signing and gestures to enhance the immersion experience.

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Spots still open for Barrie, please call 705-728-3577 for registration status.

CORPORATE COURSES

Are you a part of a company or agency that has Deaf employees or have frontline staff that regularly serve Deaf customers using ASL? Deaf Access offers the ASL at Work curriculum for businesses and organizations. We can customize training to best match your needs.

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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Individualized private tutoring and/or instruction can be made available for those who are seeking extra support in their learning of ASL or for those with challenging schedules. Curriculum and learning expectations are tailored to each individual’s needs and goals.

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ASL INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

Are you fluent in ASL and culturally Deaf? Deaf Access offers workshops and courses to those interested in becoming an ASL Instructor and for experienced ASL Instructors looking for additional training or certification.

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LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE YOUR SIGNING SKILLS?

Hosted by local members of the community, ASL Coffee Nights in Barrie provide an opportunity for ASL students to practice their conversational ASL skills outside the classroom environment. For more information about this group please contact the Deaf Access office.