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Beginning Sign Language

Beginning Sign Language

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Beginning Sign Language 1 (BSL 1)

Did you know that sign language is the third most widely used non-English language in the United States?

Knowing the basics of Sign Language can be an invaluable skill.

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

Who Should Attend

Our Beginning Sign Language class is 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.


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. As a past participant said, "Rachel does an excellent job of creating a fun, creative, inclusive community in class." 


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.


$99 for one person

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