American Sign Language

The Accessible Canada Act recognizes American Sign Language (ASL), la langue des signes Québécoise (LSQ) and Indigenous Sign Language (ISL) as the primary languages of Deaf people in Canada. A complete visual language with unique grammar and sentence structures, ASL is communicated through handshapes, facial expressions, head and body movements and postures. Understanding and using ASL allows you to create connections, bridge cultures and foster inclusion in your personal and professional life.   

Taught by supportive Deaf and DeafBlind instructors, our immersive courses are delivered in a Deaf-centric environment, where no words are spoken. Become familiar with nuances to communicate appropriately and respectfully, gain insight into the lived experiences and perspectives of Deaf and hard-of-hearing people and develop an appreciation for the richness of Deaf culture and practices. 

The courses are offered in a variety of levels, and can be taken individually, but are most effective when taken in succession as they build upon one another. Not sure which level is right for you? Read our overview of course language levels to find the appropriate course for your experience and skills. 

Learning ASL will change your worldview

Extended Learning ASL instructors Sandra, John and Heidi share their love for ASL and teaching. They describe what students can expect from taking an Extended Learning ASL class and the impact their learning will have.

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