Learn American Sign Language in the new year – free!

You can learn a new language in the New Year for free here in West Seattle.

A 12-week course in American Sign Language starts January 9th, 6-7 pm Tuesdays at the West Seattle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (4001 44th SW). All are welcome, and you are welcome to join at any time – no registration required, just show up. Here’s the flyer showing which topics are being taught “through creative games” during the sessions.

30 Replies to "Learn American Sign Language in the new year - free!"

  • Deaf December 24, 2023 (9:05 pm)

    I’m hoping that teacher(s) is/are deaf to ASL. If it’s hearing teacher. Don’t take it because it’s my/our ASL language and offend our deaf culture and hearing does teach wrong signs. Deaf teachers know and teach by our heart and our experiences 

    • Orb December 24, 2023 (10:13 pm)

      Ok…so where are the free classes taught by only deaf teachers?

      • Jody Harlan December 27, 2023 (8:02 am)

        OK School for the Deaf offers free ASL classes taught by a Deaf teacher.

    • Ana December 25, 2023 (6:31 am)

      Ok if the teacher isn’t deaf and you are telling people not to take ANY class, free or otherwise, from a hearing teacher, then you forfiet the right to complain about the hearing population not making an effort to learn ASL.   

    • MassLady December 25, 2023 (10:37 am)

      Just because they’re hearing, should NOT “disqualify” them. 2 decades ago, I learned from a HEARING instructor, that also taught at a school for the Deaf. 

    • Lc December 25, 2023 (12:28 pm)

      Are you kidding? So anyone hearing is not allowed to learn asl so they can communicate with you?  They care enough to learn but that’s not good enough if they aren’t hearing impaired to teach it?  Anyone can teach it if they care enough to try. 

      • Andres December 25, 2023 (5:09 pm)

        I know for a fact they will not want to be called or label “hearing impaired” it is always been use deaf and hard of hearing. That is an example as a hearing teacher correcting deaf what words or sign to use. Hearing teachers should never express their own opinion on what’s right for the deaf community 

        • Bella December 25, 2023 (9:38 pm)

          That’s ridiculous! They express their opinions on us all the time. Can you say hypocritical?…No, if we have an opinion we will most definitely express it otherwise learning never happens. Just try to be respectful. I mean, seriously??? We should NEVER express our opinions? What kind of fascist thinking is that???

    • Joseph December 25, 2023 (2:47 pm)

      As someone hearing who’s practiced a little ASL, I’ve only been shown incorrect signs from other hearing people, and I have actually used those signs in conversation at work with Deaf people, making them more confused. I wouldn’t say all hearing people should be disqualified, but I definitely know I don’t practice ASL enough to confidently tell someone my signs are 100% correct.

      • Bella December 25, 2023 (9:49 pm)

        Meanwhile, I bet they’re grateful to communicate with you without using their phone ink pad or writing back and forth. Always ask ASL teacher background. It’s not impolite to do that. Sometimes they truly dont know much or get second hand information but hearing teachers with degrees and mannnnnny classes under their belt shouldn’t have to be labeled the same as these “teachers”. Also, Be advised there isn’t just ASL, there’s also other signing systems called PSE, SEE and just because one person doesn’t use it doesn’t make it wrong. Those other ones are mostly used to teach deaf children how to read English. ASL is the official deaf language. And if you get a teacher in the future make sure they know ASL not sign but ASL. Gotta be specific. And ask what their precessional history is.

    • Bella December 25, 2023 (9:33 pm)

      This is NOT true. It is infact discrimination. Just the other way around. There are a small number of deaf people in America in ratio to hearing people and even less willing to teach ASL for little to no salary, so what’s the public supposed to do?? Not learn sign language at all? We can if we want to. It’s a free country. Put it this way, the deaf community complains that not enough people in America learn sign language to communicate with them but deaf people complain on the daily when a hearing person teaches sign language. What the hell will make y’all happy???…. Just curious. 

    • Jody Harlan December 27, 2023 (8:01 am)

      The teacher of Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s free online ASL classes is Deaf.

  • Gaylee December 24, 2023 (11:04 pm)

    Oklahoma School For the Deaf has free on line classes. ASL 1 and ASL 2 will be offered this Spring.  They are self paced and free from religious indoctrination.  

    • wssz December 25, 2023 (12:00 am)

      Gaylee, Thanks for this.  Can you post a link or two to your favorite online classes? I’m seeing several and don’t know which is best.

    • Donetta Casey December 25, 2023 (6:17 am)

      Hello, I am interested in the Indiana Spring classes. Please email me when they are ready. Donettadcasey0038@kctcs.edu 

    • Valerie Johnson December 25, 2023 (6:49 am)

      Hi Gayle, religious indoctrination? What do you mean? Thanks.

      • Westwood December 25, 2023 (9:56 pm)

        This class is being put on by the W. Seattle branch of LDS. Not sure that means it will be filled with “indoctrination”, though. 

    • justwow December 25, 2023 (7:13 am)

      Religious indoctrination? I missed that part. Is clairvoyance a perk of knowing ASL or just assuming where the conversation will lead?

    • Becky Jones December 25, 2023 (8:00 am)

      Good morning and Merry Christmas,How would I be able to obtain more information on ASL?

    • Bella December 25, 2023 (9:57 pm)

      Which sucks because religious songs and signs is exactly what many of us need. Deaf people go to church regularly. For the most part.

  • Kimberly ( Pam) Laramie December 25, 2023 (9:56 am)

    Hi  I’m hard of hearing and I’m new and I like to learn ASL I know very little is old my mom want me to use my voice that why I know very little  Thank you. 

    • Bella December 25, 2023 (9:59 pm)

      I would seek out the nearest Interpreter training program in your area. There should be adequate classes and support for you there. It just depends where you live. 

  • marta December 25, 2023 (9:03 pm)

    Please try to remember   Always be kind !!

    • Bella December 25, 2023 (10:15 pm)

      And that goes both ways! Deaf people should be kind to hearing people and hearing people to the deaf. It’s a two way street honey. Hopefully everyone knows that well. 

      • Gary December 26, 2023 (11:22 am)

        Bella, we don’t all agree with your viewpoint and that’s ok. Responding to several posts with “honey” and other condescending language is not helpful.

  • Rica McKenzie December 26, 2023 (7:51 am)

    Does anyone know if this class is on? line

    • WSB December 26, 2023 (9:56 am)

      It’s in person. Ergo “just show up.”

    • Jody Harlan December 27, 2023 (8:05 am)

      Find out more about Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s free online ASL classes: https://courses.osd.k12.ok.us/.

  • Rb December 28, 2023 (3:03 am)

    Seattleites will never stop amazing me. Here is a post about ASL volunteers teaching for free what they know.  “Don’t go for they will teach you wrong” says one. “Don’t go because they will indoctrinate you” says another. I bet anything all these naysayers have never even been.  They are just spreading negative opinions.  I am grateful we have this free opportunity in our community.  I know of people who drove from other parts of town to attend this class in the Fall. Also, online classes are convenient but differ from in person classes. Yeay for these volunteers and their desire to help the hard of hearing community.  

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