Friday, August 3, 2012

KCKCC to offer two sign languages courses this fall

Courses in American Sign Language will be offered for both beginners and experienced sign language students at Kansas City Kansas Community College this fall.

American Sign Language I will be held each Tuesday beginning Tuesday, Aug. 21, and run through Dec. 18, while American Sign Language II will begin Monday, Aug. 20, and extend each Monday through Dec. 10.

Both classes are offered through the KCKCC Community Education Division and will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Room 3203 of the Henry Louis Social Science Building. Both courses will be instructed by Dana Boggs.

American Sign Language I is designed to give students a basic foundation in the language of signs and can be taken for three hours of college credit. Students will learn finger spelling, the manual alphabet and a vocabulary of a minimum of 364 signs along with the history of signs and linguistic principles. Optional for non-credit students, a textbook is available through the KCKCC Bookstore.

Students in American Sign Language II will increase the vocabulary acquired in American Sign Language I and can also be taken for three hours of college credit. Participants will improve their skills in expressive and receptive finger spelling and increase their knowledge of the culture in the community that uses sign language.

The cost of each course is $99 and persons may register by calling 913-288-7660; in person in the Community Education Building (CEB) on the east side of the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Avenue; or on-line at and clicking on Continuing Education and Fall 2012 Schedule. The course is listed under Community Education/Personal Growth. Credit card payment is required for phone or on-line enrollment.