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American Sign Language Classes Back at SDSU

The classes will meet the foreign language requirements for SDSU undergraduates.
By Sabrina Shahawi
 

American Sign Language (ASL) classes will be reintroduced at San Diego State University this fall in response to lively student interest. Offered by the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education, the classes will meet the foreign language requirements for SDSU undergraduates. SDSU will offer ASL Level 1 (DLE 101) and Level 2 (DLE 102) in the fall and will offer Level 3 (DLE 201) in spring 2017. These courses were offered previously in the College of Health and Human Services.

“American Sign Language courses are coming back due to demand from students who would like to begin or continue their study of ASL for reasons of personal knowledge, professional learning and/or to help with the clients they will deal with in their future careers,” said Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, a professor in the College of Education. 

These classes may be taken by undergraduate students as an elective or to meet the foreign language requirement. Students entering the fields of public health, health and human services, early childhood and K-12 education or aspiring to become ASL interpreters, lawyers, police or enter other social service careers could benefit from these courses, she said.

ASL fall and spring lecturers

Janette Dorricott has been an ASL lecturer for 15 years in SDSU’s Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences. She also teaches as an adjunct faculty at University of California, San Diego and Palomar College. She is a member of the ASL Teachers Association of San Diego and an active member of the ASL community in San Diego.

Adam Frost has taught ASL at the University of California, San Diego, Mesa College and City College. He currently serves as the secretary for the San Diego chapter of the ASL Teachers Association.

Svenna Pedersen taught ASL at Gallaudet University, Mesa College, Grossmont College and Southwestern College. She currently serves as the public relation board member for the San Diego chapter of the ASL Teachers Association.

For more information, consult the fall 2016 class schedule.