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American Sign Language (ASL) Classes NYC

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Learn American Sign Language (ASL) and enhance your communication skills with a variety of classes in NYC. Gain fluency in ASL, expand your vocabulary, and connect with the deaf community for a more inclusive and empowering experience.

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Level 1 ASL

Sign Language Center @ 39 E 30th St, New York, NY

Embark on a journey of discovery as you delve into the captivating world of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. From mastering basic ASLary to understanding spatial use and gestures, this immersive course at the Sign Language Center will equip you with the fundamental language skills needed to interact with the Deaf community.

(51) Beginner 16 and older
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Introduction to American Sign Language

Borough of Manhattan Community College @ 25 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY

This course will include a high level of communication as possible towards the target language of American Sign Language (ASL). The goal of the course is to keep our voices off and eyes open as we practice our receptive (visual) skills as well as our productive skills. "Introduction to American Sign Language" will provide students with a head start in an ASL introduction course.  For students who have previous exposure to ASL, this will be...

(178) Beginner 18 and older
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$465

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American Sign Language Beginner

York College CPE @ 94 - 20 Guy R Brewer Blvd, New York, NY

American Sign Language is the third most used language in the World. Explore this beautiful language, build basic vocabulary, practice the manual alphabet,  and develop skills for communication. This course is for true beginners. Textbook Requirements: - A Basic Course in Sign Language (spiral) 2nd edition ISBN:978-0932666420 - A Loss for Words, by Lou Ann Walker ISBN: 978-0060914257

(64) Beginner 18 and older
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$270

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Intro to American Sign Language (ASL)

Q.E.D. @ 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY

This one-hour class and practice session will focus on the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary and discussions about Deaf culture taught by Kambri Crews, a hearing child of deaf adults (known by the acronym "CODA" in the Deaf community). You will learn the ABC's and basics of finger spelling, a bit about Deaf culture (why the capital "D" sometimes and lowercase "d" other times?), and how to communicate using hands,...

(252) Beginner 18 and older
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Level 2 ASL

Sign Language Center @ 39 E 30th St, New York, NY

Take your American Sign Language skills to the next level as you delve into Deaf culture, expand your vocabulary, and learn about the evolution of the Deaf community. Embrace rich discussions, engage with the online curriculum, and practice your skills in real-life scenarios. Join us for an immersive ASL experience at the Sign Language Center.

(51) Intermediate 16 and older
$231.85

7 sessions

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Level 3 ASL

Sign Language Center @ 39 E 30th St, New York, NY

Take your ASL skills to the next level at the Sign Language Center. Dive deeper into storytelling, cultural comparisons, and the finer points of ASL grammar. Enhance your fluency and expand your vocabulary with this immersive course.

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

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Conversational Class

Sign Language Center @ 39 E 30th St, New York, NY

Join our Conversational Class at the Sign Language Center and take your fluency to the next level. Discover the art of storytelling in a culturally appropriate and engaging manner. Unlock the secrets of effective communication in a natural conversation mode. Don't miss your chance to enhance your sign language skills.

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

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Level 1 ASL

Sign Language Center

Level 1 ASL is also offered as an in-person class. Please click here if your prefer to register for the in-person class This is a 6 week session focusing on the introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. You will develop a strong basic ASLary (OUR word for vocabuarly) ASL Structure, syntax, and grammar. Will learn numbers 1-100, visual discrimination, spatial referencing, practice fingerspelling and begin to understand the use...

(51) Beginner 16 and older
$231.85

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Level 2 ASL

Sign Language Center

Level 2 ASL  is also offered as an in-person class. Please click here if your prefer to register for the in-person class This is a 6 week session, building on the foundations of Level 1, you will continue to develop more ASLary while applying what you learned to real life situations.  You will learn numbers up to 500 (including time, duration, years, ordinal and cardinal) You will continue to focus on visual discrimination, spatial...

(51) Intermediate 16 and older
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Level 3 ASL

Sign Language Center

Level 3 is a 6 week course, Now that you have a base for ASL and Deaf culture this course will take your language to a more intense level. You will be exposed to the importance of storytelling and comparing the differences between hearing and Deaf cultures, NMS and ASLary will be explored in greater depth and combined to show the grammatical features of American Sign Language. Note: If you have not taken a class with us before, please reach out...

(51) Intermediate 16 and older
$231.85

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Level 4 ASL

Sign Language Center

Level 4 is a 6 week course, From this level onwards you will be using your conversational skills and advance your proficiency in the language of ASL related to variety of topics. You will start identifying countries, learn about basic money and use classifiers to describe traveling all over the world! You will use classifiers to tell stories and focus on grammatical features of ASL. Note: If you have not taken a class with us before, please reach...

(51) Intermediate 16 and older
$231.85

6 sessions

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Conversational Class

Sign Language Center

Conversation classes use a “natural” conversation mode in order to increase fluency. Heavy concentration will be placed on telling stories that are clear, coherent, interesting and culturally appropriate. Note: If you have not taken a class with us before, please reach out for a placement interview. Additional Fee: Required $25 E-notes per semester to be purchased directly at SLC. The E-Notes will be emailed directly to the student...

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

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Level 6 ASL

Sign Language Center

Level 6 is a 6 week course. You will be immersed in the world of Deaf culture by this class. You will be putting your visual prowess to test to utilize the skills that you learned form ASL Level 1-5, You will be seeing different ASL medias as films, vlogs, Deaf humor, current events platforms as politics, education, and social events. You will hone your skills in this course by learning how to apply deaf idioms/slangs with ASL dialogues. You will...

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

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Level 5 ASL

Sign Language Center

Level 5 is a 6 week course. This course expands on your knowledge of American Sign Language from Level 1 to 4. You will continue to expand ASLary and work on both expressive and receptive skills. You will learn about occupations all while incorporating use and knowledge of classifiers, numbers, and Deaf culture. you will develop the skill to use two and three character role shifts. This course also elaborates in the aspects of ASL Idioms, contrasting...

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

6 sessions

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Level 5 ASL

Sign Language Center @ 39 E 30th St, New York, NY

Expand your ASL skills with Level 5 at the Sign Language Center. Dive deeper into advanced grammar, syntax, semantics, and more. Take your sign language fluency to the next level.

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

7 sessions

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Level 4 ASL

Sign Language Center @ 39 E 30th St, New York, NY

Advance your conversational skills in American Sign Language at the Sign Language Center. Explore topics such as countries, money, and travel using classifiers. Tell captivating stories and focus on the grammatical features of ASL. Join us for an immersive learning experience!

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

7 sessions

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ASL 1: Basic

ASL NYC @ 145 Front St, Brooklyn, NY

In a Basic class you’ll find a new approach to learning American Sign Language (ASL). Have you tried learning from a book or through online instruction and still have no clue? This course teaches shapes, numbers, the alphabet, and introductory level conversations to enhance your ability to build upon the language. What we love: The goal of ASL Classes’ energetic teachers is to get you “off the page” and signing confidently in the target...

(11) Beginner 17 and older
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$200

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Level 6 ASL

Sign Language Center @ 39 E 30th St, New York, NY

Immerse yourself in Deaf culture and enhance your ASL skills in Level 6 ASL at the Sign Language Center. Explore ASL media, learn to apply deaf idioms, and develop confidence in expressive signing and receptive skills. Take your ASL journey to the next level with this immersive and enriching course.

(51) Advanced 16 and older
$231.85

6 sessions

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Introduction to American Sign Language

Q.E.D.

Learn how to communicate without words!   Join New York Times Best Selling Author and deaf culture expert, Kambri Crews for this immersive 4 week session where you learn all the basics of American Sign Language.  6:30pm- 7:00pm will be time for the class to practice what they have learned and 7:00pm - 8:00pm will be for new instruction   This class will focus both on basic conversational American Sign Language vocabulary as well...

(252) Beginner 18 and older
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Youth ASL 1: Basic

ASL NYC

In a Basic class you’ll find a new approach to learning American Sign Language (ASL). Have you tried learning from a book or through online instruction and still have no clue? This course teaches shapes, numbers, alphabet, and introductory level conversations to enhance your ability to build upon the language.

(11) Beginner 11 - 16 years old
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Reviews for American Sign Language (ASL) Classes in NYC

American Sign Language (ASL) Classes in NYC are rated 4.2 stars based on 556 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Level 1 ASL

    Reviewed by Daniel H. on 9/14/2022
    From the very first moment I was in class, we were all learning. Robert was an amazing instructor and was very knowledgeable about getting us students engaged. I am so happy that I chose to take Level 1 and am excited about continuing this journey I have started out on and will see where this road takes me. If you decide to take these courses, you won't be disappointed!
  • Level 1 ASL

    Reviewed by John R. on 7/11/2022
    My 19 yo daughter was struggling after coming back from college during the pandemic and we had always talked about learning sign language. I spent more time watching her during the classes and it was difficult at that time of our lives to concentrate/study outside of class. I was very impressed with our instructor Jamil. I feel that if we were in a better place we would have gotten more out of it and definitely would have been able tp go on to the next class. I feel the format was very good, I would recommend it to others and (again) Jamil was great
  • Level 1 ASL

    Reviewed by Danielle H. on 4/3/2022
    Loved learning the basics, and even started dreaming in some sign language!
  • Level 4 ASL

    Reviewed by Aicha R. on 8/15/2021
    I learned more with teacher Mr jamil
  • Level 1 ASL

    Reviewed by Yvena L. on 6/1/2021
    Great teacher. Very professional
  • Level 4 ASL

    Reviewed by Leslie S. on 5/24/2021
    I do love these classes. The instructors have been awesome!
  • Level 2 ASL

    Reviewed by Aicha R. on 5/16/2021
    I'm aicha Roman I'm thanking tracher Mia for all her teaching and all information I get from her during 6 weeks. Thank you!
  • Level 1 ASL

    Reviewed by Anne L. on 4/6/2021
    Roderick was a fantastic instructor and we came back for ASL 2! The class was comprehensive, easy to follow, and interactive so the two hours each week flew by. Highly recommend!
  • Level 1 ASL

    Reviewed by Pati S. on 3/31/2021
    I enjoyed the class immensely and I learned a lot! Roderick was an excellent teacher and very personable.
  • Level 1 ASL

    Reviewed by Aicha R. on 3/28/2021
    Was good experience and I learned a lot from teacher Melisa. Thank you!

Discover the Best ASL Classes in NYC

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language in contrast to most being auditory. ASL is a language intended to help people communicate through hand motions, shapes, and placement along with facial expression and body movement. The visual language possesses its own rules of grammar and syntax. Many high schools, universities, and other educational institutions in the United States accept ASL as a foreign language requirement needed for graduation.

There are plenty of options for learning American Sign Language in a place like New York City, which has several schools that offer training in ASL from expert instructors who can provide students with a thorough education. New York City offers a wide range of learning options from beginner-level to advanced ASL courses.

As with any language, ASL possesses regional accents and dialects depending on where people may be from, their socio-economic living environment, and other factors that can affect pronunciation whether spoken or signed.

Why You Should Learn ASL in NYC

People living in New York City should want to learn ASL for several reasons. As with learning any new language, learning ASL can contribute to improving brain functions by opening up new ways of thinking along with creating new methods for communicating with others. Of course, the main reason for learning ASL would be for communicating with the deaf or hearing impaired, who may be family members, colleagues, or students. However, acquiring skills with ASL can be used to help with community functions or lead to work as an interpreter or educator. Training in ASL can contribute to a career in education or providing interpretive services at churches, for meetings, or work in broadcasting.

Knowledge in ASL allows anyone with or without hearing difficulties to become involved in a variety of activities by simply expanding their horizons. As stated, the ability to communicate using ASL allows people to meet new people, give back to their community, or find a new career.

In-Person ASL Classes & Schools in NYC

While there are plenty of online courses available for learning ASL, many people simply feel more comfortable learning something new inside a classroom with an instructor standing right here in front of them. For those individuals, there are ASL courses available around New York City that provide opportunities for in-person training.

In-person training offers the benefit of learning among others by being able to make eye contact or pick up on subtle body language, which is especially important in a course for learning a visual language. Another benefit of occupying a classroom is the advantage of being able to personally interact with the instructor and classmates. While there are plenty of reasons for choosing online learning over having to attend in-person, the physical experience of sitting in a room with other people is difficult to argue against.

Anyone interested can learn ASL from the Sign Language Center, located at 39 E. 30th Street – Suite 2R in New York City, for the Level 1 ASL course. This program provides students with an introduction to ASL and Deaf culture. The course trains students with lessons for developing a strong basic vocabulary with an emphasis on syntax and grammar. Training emphasizes best practices for fingerspelling along with understanding space and gesturing.

This six-session course costs $225.

Prerequisite: This beginner level course lists no prerequisites.

Some students may choose to attend the Sign Language Center for the Conversational Class, which emphasizes conversation as a way of enhancing fluency with signing for new ASL learners. This course focuses on storytelling in order to facilitate better comprehension of the visual language through comfort and familiarity.

This six-session course costs $200.

Prerequisite: This course has no prerequisite but is listed as an advanced course, which indicates that some experience in ASL may be necessary.

Students can enroll at Wagner College Lifelong Learning, located at 631 Avenue in Staten Island, for the American Sign Language course that trains newcomers in the visual-gestural-kinesthetic method of communicating with members of the Deaf community. In this beginner-level course, participants will be trained on basic vocabulary and grammar for ASL. Upon completing this course, students will have developed the communication skills needed for interacting with family members, friends, and classmates who are deaf, hearing impaired, or non-verbal.

This 12-session course costs $259.

Prerequisite: This beginner-level course lists no prerequisites.

Anyone interested can attend Borough of Manhattan Community College, located at 199 Chambers Street in New York City, to enroll in the Introduction to American Sign Language course. This course is designed for students who have some experience with ASL and would like to enhance their skills for communicating with the visual language. However, this course can also help beginners with little or no knowledge in sign language by preparing them for further training.

This course trains participants in the fundamentals for ASL with lessons on hand shaping, facial expressions, vocabulary, syntax, semantics, and phrasing that allows them to participate comfortably in signed conversation. 

This eight-session course costs $465.

Prerequisite: This beginner-level class lists no prerequisites.

Students must provide a valid ID.

Parents can take advantage of Look Make Sign, which is a free workshop offered through the Children’s Museum of the Arts, located at 103 Charlton Street in New York City. This workshop focuses on deaf children from six to 12-years-old, who are invited to explore museum exhibitions with their families. This workshop is provided by the Children’s Museum of Arts’ gallery with a teaching artist and an American Sign Language interpreter.

This ASL-only workshop is offered for free to members of the Deaf community.

Virtual ASL Classes & Schools

Working every day in a city like New York can make finding time for learning any new language or getting to a classroom difficult, if not impossible. Because of this, virtual learning offers a useful option that provides hands-on training in ASL from expert instructors who can help students learn language skills for contributing to community activities that include interpreting for church services and other types of meetings or finding careers as interpreters or educators without ever having to leave home to attend class.

Live online training provides convenience for learning how to communicate and contribute to the Deaf community for personal, social, or professional reasons.

People interested in learning ASL through live online training can enroll with Continuing Professional Studies at Bank Street for the American Sign Languages Module 1 online course, which provides beginning students with an immersive option for learning ASL. The main objective of this course is for students to learn how to fluently communicate with the deaf or hearing impaired along with exploring alternative methods for communicating with hearing children who have language disorders that may affect their ability to comprehend spoken English. Lessons explore aspects of Deaf culture along with how ASL has become an essential component in everyday communication.

This four-session course costs $425. 

Prerequisites: This beginner-level class requires no prerequisites. 

Students must have an Internet connection and administrative access on their computers and laptops.

Students can enroll at Los Angeles City College for the American Sign Language for Adults online course. This program strives to make participants comfortable with learning how to sign. Students will learn the basic language structure of ASL with an emphasis on Deaf culture. This course emphasizes fingerspelling, facial grammar, facial expressions, and receptive skills for communicating through sign language. 

This five-session course costs $55. 

Prerequisites: This beginner’s course has no prerequisites.

This course requires the book American Sign Language Workbook: Exercises to Build Your Signing Vocabulary.

People can enroll at the Sign Language Center to take the Level 6 ASL online course. This program immerses students in training for not only learning sign language but becoming familiar with Deaf culture. This course is designed for students with advanced ASL training. Lessons include using ASL-related media like film, vlogs, and deaf humor as well as Deaf culture related political topics, education, and social events. Students will also discuss deaf idioms, slang, and topics related to ASL.

This six-session course costs $225.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed the ASL Levels 1 through 5 courses. 

Individuals interested in learning ASL can find training at ABC Languages SF, which offers the ASL | Total Beginner online class. This course trains students who have little or no knowledge of ASL in learning the language. Lessons emphasize communicating with the deaf or hard-of-hearing who may be the students’ family members, friends, or colleagues. Skills in American Sign Language can be used to participate in Deaf community activities or pursue careers in education or interpreting for corporations, government agencies, or media outlets.

Through this course, students will learn basic ASL conversational skills, grammar, and vocabulary for developing a better understanding of the language for personal and professional goals.

This eight-session course costs $350.

Prerequisites: This beginner-level class lists no prerequisites.

Students must have a dependable Internet connection along with a computer or electronic device in order to access this virtual learning course. The school recommends accessing the course five to ten minutes before the start of class to assure being able to set up the electronic devices and connections.

Some students may choose to enroll at the Sign Language Center for the Conversational Class, which is an online course that focuses on conversations for enhancing fluency for ASL students. This course places an emphasis on storytelling that can lead to a better comprehension of the language through comfort and familiarity.

This six-session course costs $200.

Prerequisites: This beginner-level course requires no prerequisites.

New York City College of Technology offers the online Children’s Basic American Sign Language course for introducing young people to ASL. This beginner’s course teaches children how to use sign language for communicating through lessons on the alphabet, numbers, colors, and other everyday topics like family, pets, and places for carrying on general conversations with the visual language.

This eight-session course costs $165.

Prerequisites: This beginner-level course lists not prerequisites.

Private Group ASL Classes in NYC

Anyone interested can use CourseHorse for staging live group class events in New York City related to various subjects. While CourseHorse has no directly related ASL team building events listed, groups can use the website’s contact form to book ASL courses for private group events. CourseHorse also allows clients to adjust the group size after booking an event if needed. CourseHorse also provides customers who book private group events access to the education provider’s existing network that includes print and digital publishers.

ASL has become accepted by many universities as a foreign language for meeting course requirements in order to graduate college. Skills in this visual language open opportunities for not only new options for communication but create new possibilities for socializing and contributing to the community or local churches as well as careers as interpreters or educators.

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