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UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education
to Offer Beginning Sign Language I and II

RELEASED: July 16, 2009

sign languageEAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education will offer "Beginning Sign Language I" this fall and "Beginning Sign Language II" next spring. All classes will meet Monday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. at UW-Eau Claire. Level I will meet Sept. 14-Nov. 22 and Level II is scheduled for March 1-22 and April 5-26.

These noncredit classes are designed for parents, teachers, medical professionals and others interested in learning sign language for personal or professional reasons. Level I requires no previous experience in sign language. Level II is designed for those who previously have taken a beginning sign language class or who have learned basic sign language skills through other means.

The following topics will be covered in the courses: 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 $99 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), go to the Continuing Education Web site or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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