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Discover Sign Language Series

Learn and use sign language

Learn to accurately make signs and use facial expressions as you work to communicate with the hearing impaired. In this sign language course, you’ll start with basic words and phrases before moving on to form complex sentences as you learn about the history and culture of the Deaf community.

  • Build your signing vocabulary, including colors, numbers, locations, family and popular activities
  • Record your own signing and get feedback from your instructor and classmates
  • Learn from a professional interpreter

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Course highlights Learn More

  • Flexible online learning
  • 6-week instructor-led or self-paced options available
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion

What you'll learn Learn More

  • Signs for numbers and letters of the alphabet
  • Topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting
  • How to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation

Learn more about Discover Sign Language Series

American Sign Language (ASL) is a language just like French, English and Spanish are languages. Whether you want to learn sign language to better communicate with a loved one, a friend, or complete strangers, learning this language will allow you to confidently converse with people who are hearing impaired and part of the Deaf community. After completing this Discover Sign Language series, you may even be able to begin work as a Sign Language interpreter.

According to Job Bank for the Government of Canada, job opportunities for interpreters range from moderate to very good over the next three years. Nearly half of all locations referenced expect the job outlook to be “good” or “very good”.  The Canadian Occupational Projection System expects labor demand and labor supply to be broadly in line at the national level for this occupation group through 2028. You can set yourself apart from other applicants with training and by earning certificates that will help demonstrate your skill set.

Yes. In addition to being able to communicate with the Deaf community, many parents are also using sign language as a way to better communicate with babies and toddlers who are not yet able to express themselves with words. Learning sign language, just like learning any second language, is also a great way to stimulate the brain. By studying sign language, you will be boosting your concentration, listening, and thinking skills. It may even be a boost for your CV. The 2019 Accessible Canada Act recognizes ASL as one of the languages most used by the Deaf and hard of hearing people in Canada meaning it is now a more desirable skill for individuals and employers.