Sign Language

Sign Language Department

Welcome

picture of handshapes of the ASL alphabet

Are you fascinated when you see Deaf
people signing?

Do you need a language for college admissions, transfer or for GE credit?

Do you want to communicate with a friend, co-worker or family member and make new friends, both hearing and Deaf?

Do you want to learn about the Deaf community in the Bay Area and attend Deaf events?

Do you know that American Sign Language is expressive, dramatic and includes jokes, poetry and drama--all "on the hands"!  


American Sign Language is

  • An alternative to a spoken foreign language for college requirements in a language
    other than English.
  • A well-paid career in high demand.
  • Fourth most commonly used language in the United States.
  • Not universal, but it is international and can be helpful in communicating with deaf people world-wide.
  • Please join us and take American Sign Language!

Curriculum

De Anza College offers a three quarter sequence to develop beginning communication skills in American Sign Language.  The courses are UC/CSU transferable and may be used to meet general education area requirements.

  • SIGN 1 Elementary (1st quarter) 5 units
    Typically offered each quarter, day and evening, with intensive 6 week sections offered in the summer that meet 4 days or evenings a week.
  • SIGN 2, Elementary (2nd quarter) 5 units
    Typically offered Winter and Spring quarters, days and evenings.
  • SIGN 3, Elementary (3rd quarter) 5 units
    Typically offered Spring quarter only, usually in the evening only.

Students need to meet the prerequisite course requirements, or equivalent, to enroll in SIGN 2 or SIGN 3. 

SIGN 1 and 2 are considered the equivalent of one year each in a high school language curriculum sequence.

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Please contact Disability Support Services or Deaf Services for information on enrolling for Sign Language or other campus programs and to receive support services.

For Interested High School Students

Interested 11th  or 12th grade high school students may be enrolled in accordance with De Anza College high school guidelines and procedures.  In addition to the college application, a High School Concurrent Enrollment Form must be submitted to Admissions and Records before a high school student can register.  This form can be downloaded and printed from the Concurrent High School Students web page.

Course Outlines and Schedule

For more details about the class curriculum, click on Catalog link on the left panel.

For a schedule of current and upcoming quarter classes, including days and times, click on the link for the quarter you're interested in, located below Department Courses on the left panel.

Student Club

Interested students at De Anza College are invited to join the student ASL Club.  The purposes of the club are:

  • To bring people of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing cultures together
  • To practice signing
  • To disseminate information about and attend Deaf events in the area
  • To organize on-campus Deaf events
For current club contact information and meeting schedule, contact the Students Activities Office in the Hinson Campus Center or go to Inter-Club Council and Club website.

Further Study

Students who want to continue sign language study past the 1st year level or who plan to pursue a degree in Interpreting or Deaf Education are advised to contact Ohlone College for information regarding their course offerings, Certification and AA degree major in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies.

 


Sign Language Building: DSS Office, Student and Community Services
Contact: Patti Whelan
Phone: 408.864.8753
TTY: 408.864.8748
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Last Updated: 3/8/13