Learn ASL with DHCC

Learning American Sign Language can be a fun and enjoyable experience for individuals, families, groups and businesses.

Learning ASL can be fun!

DHCC offers a fun, relaxed learning environment and community-level, non-credit beginner American Sign Language (ASL) instruction via community classes, on-site corporate classes and private one-on-one sessions. Our teachers, who are native ASL users, promote a relaxed learning environment with both structured and spontaneous dialogue. This gives students the opportunity to develop appropriate conversational strategies that are unique to Deaf Culture.

Class Levels
DHCC offers 4 beginner class levels and an intermediate conversation level:

  • Beginner ASL 1.1
  • Beginner ASL 1.2
  • Beginner ASL 1.3
  • Beginner ASL 1.4
  • Conversational ASL (MUST complete Beginner ASL 1.4 in order to take Conversational ASL)

There is no prerequisite for the Beginner ASL 1.1 class.  Enrollment in classes beyond level 1.1 should be based on previous experience. Please note that certain class levels may not run due to insufficient enrollment.

Level 1.1 will start using ASL @ Work book and will continue to use through level 1.4.  Purchase of the book is highly recommended as the teachers regularly use it for class instruction and homework.  Cost of the book is $75 and can be ordered at time of registration via the registration form, or purchased on the first night of any ASL 1.1 class.  The book is used through all levels, Beginner 1.1-1.4.

Classes available in the following locations:

Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. Register early to guarantee your seat!  In addition, DHCC requires a minimum of 8 students per class.  All students must be 18 years of age or older. 

  • Swarthmore, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Montgomeryville, PA
  • King of Prussia
  • Center City, Philadelphia
  • Media, PA

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Learning ASL Beyond DHCC

If you are interested in continuing their American Sign Language skills beyond DHCC’s beginner classes, there are a variety of colleges and universities that offer advanced ASL and Interpreting classes. Refer to your local college’s website for more information, or to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf for interpreting programs at www.rid.org.