American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth-most studied modern/foreign language at colleges and universities in the U.S., according to the Modern Language Association. Studying American Sign Language helps one to gain a new perspective on how human languages are structured. American Sign Language uses a different modality of expression compared to spoken languages, but research shows that signed and spoken languages are governed by the same basic properties.

  • Studying American Sign Language will improve your understanding of English and will facilitate the learning of other languages as well.
  • You will gain a rich cultural heritage of the deaf community, which includes a distinguished tradition of visual poetry, storytelling, theatre, jokes, folklore and other forms of cultural expressions.
  • You will learn about different aspects of the deaf community such as their values, beliefs, social, educational and political aspects. These aspects will help improve your understanding of other cultures as well.

George Fox offers beginning and intermediate level American Sign Language courses.

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Dené Scott
American Sign Language