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Learn to Sign at UW-Eau Claire!

Sign Language Courses 

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Sept. 15 - Nov. 3, 2014
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Did you know that sign language is the third most widely used language in the United States?

Knowing the basics of Sign Language can be an invaluable skill. Our Beginning Sign Language classes are designed for anyone interested in learning to communicate through sign including parents, teachers, health care professionals, child care providers and others who work directly with the public.

We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced classes throughout the year. You’ll build confidence as you learn from an experienced, professional interpreter and practice your new skills with other students.

Beginning Sign Language 1 (BSL 1)

September 15 - November 3, 2014
Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.

This introductory class is for those with little or no sign language experience. Learn the basics of the manual alphabet and conversation. Practice both receptive and expressive skills and learn about deaf culture. This class covers: 

  • Manual alphabet
  • Fundamental conversation
  • Basic elements of American Sign Language
  • Receptive skills (watching and understanding sign)
  • Facial expression and body language
  • Introduction to deaf culture 

Beginning Sign Language 2 (BSL 2)

Sorry, this class was cancelled due to low enrollment; however, we will be offering BSL 2 again in the Spring semester. Please check back.

This class is for those who have already taken BSL 1 or have equivalent experience or training. We’ll begin with a “refresher” class, and then move on to new material. The class covers:

  • BSL 1 refresher
  • Family
  • Home, furniture and clothing
  • Adjectives and descriptors
  • Body, medicine and health
  • Physical movement
  • More in-depth deaf culture ideas including deaf education and the cochlear implant debate


All classes will be held in the Human Science and Services building at UW-Eau Claire. Permits are not required in the evenings for the adjacent parking lot.


$89 per person:  Early bird fee on or before August 18th
$99 per person:  Standard fee after August 18th
$75 per person:  Group rate for two people registering together
The Beginning Sign Language classes are designed for adults. Teens 16 and older are welcome to participate. The class would not be appropriate for younger children.  


Talking With Your Hands, Listening With Your Eyes by Gabriel Grayson. Please purchase your own textbook from your preferred retail store or online vendor. Retail price is approximately $20 for the paperback or $14 for the Kindle version.


Rachel Kohn is an Interpreter for the Deaf in the Eau Claire Area School District and the community. She has more than 30 years’ experience interpreting and teaching sign language.

Comments from former students:

"Rachel does an excellent job of creating a fun, creative, inclusive community in class."
"Now I can teach my Deaf child some of the new signs I learned!"
"Good pace and positive atmosphere. Each lesson is relevant and interesting.

Continuing Education Instructor Nicole Jones is interviewed on a WEAU-TV Assignment 13 Report about babies who learn to use sign language to communicate with their parents.

*Credit Courses

UW-Eau Claire also offers credit courses in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture each semester.  For upcoming course offerings, please search under Communication Sciences and Disorders courses in the UW-Eau Claire Class Schedules.


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