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Sign language class to begin Jan. 23 at UW-Eau Claire

January 11, 2012

Sign-LanguageEAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education will offer "Beginning Sign Language II" this spring. BSL II will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday evenings, Jan. 23-April 2 (no class March 19), in Room 204 of the UW-Eau Claire Human Sciences and Services Building on Water Street. The noncredit class is designed for parents, teachers, medical professionals and others interested in learning sign language for personal or professional reasons; or for those who have taken a beginning sign language class or who have learned basic sign language skills through other means and want more practice or a refresher course.

Course topics include the manual alphabet, fundamental conversation, elements of American Sign Language, facial expression and body language, receptive skills (watching and recognizing sign) and an introduction to deaf culture.

Instructor Rachel Kohn is an interpreter for the deaf in the Eau Claire Area School District and in the community. She has been an interpreter for 25 years and has taught sign language for more than 15 years.

The class fee is $129 per level and includes instruction and class handouts. Participants also must purchase a copy of the course textbook, "The Joy of Signing, Second Edition," by Lottie L. Riekehof.

To register, obtain more information or request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711) or visit the Continuing Education website.

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