CCECS offers ASL classes

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Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers non-credit American Sign Language (ASL) classes open to anyone age 15 and older.

American Sign Language, Level 1A introduces the basics of ASL, including grammar and vocabulary, for simple social conversation. Instructor Vicki Linter has been an ASL interpreter for 25 years and has taught ASL in California and Hawaiʻi. Classes will be held in UH Hilo's Wentworth 9 on Tuesdays, July 17 – September 18, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. The cost is $150 and the Signing Naturally Student Workbook, Units 1-6 is required.

American Sign Language, Level 1C/1D is for anyone who is comfortable with the vocabulary in Units 1-5 of the Signing Naturally Student Workbook. Instructor Dano Kaufmann is a hearing ASL teacher and a National Interpreter Certified instructor in ASL. Classes will be held in UH Hilo's PB 5 classroom on Tuesdays, July 24-September 11, from 5 – 7 p.m. The cost is $160 and both the Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 1-6 and Units 7-12 are required.

Kaufmann will also be instructing American Sign Language, Practical Conversation. This class is designed to facilitate conversational skills for students of all levels, increasing comfort and confidence, and helping to build social networks in the ASL community. Students should be able to sign basic social greetings and fingerspell their name. Classes will be held in UH Hilo's PB 5 classroom on Thursdays, July 26-September 13, from 5-6:30 p.m. The cost is $85, and no book is required. A discount package of $225 is available for Practical Conversation with ASL Level 1A, and $235 for Practical Conversation with ASL Level 1C/1D.

For more information and to register, call CCECS at 932-7830 or visit

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