Introductory ASL I | Jan 8 – Feb 28

Introductory ASL I | Jan 8 – Feb 28


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Introductory American Sign Language I

Introductory ASL will focus on basic everyday conversation including a few topics such as family, relationships, activities, work, feeling, animals, home life and more.  We will also introduce our Deaf Culture including values and sets of certain behaviors.  We will explore how ASL is not merely “English words on our hands” but rather to demonstrate our facial expressions as well as body movements that convey the meanings of the concepts as a language.

Sessions – Winter 2024

This course will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4pm from January 8 – February 28 at our institute. Class will not meet on January 15. The class will be limited to 10 students to allow for ample opportunity for one-on-one language practice. This course is designed for adults and youth ages 13 and older.

If you have any questions, please email or call us at 541-728-3022 and we would be happy to help!

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Meet your Instructor

Monica Burdsall
Monica Burdsall Instructor —ASL
I was born Deaf and I am elated to be Deaf. It is an invisible disability where I am fully functional like everyone else, except I cannot hear. I was raised orally and later learned Signed Exact English through mainstream public schools. Then, I graduated from Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university for the deaf in the world. I am a former elementary teacher that taught deaf students at Indiana School for the Deaf and at the Colorado School for the Deaf. Since my family moved to Bend 23 years ago, I have taught ASL at Bend High School and Ridgeview High School, as well as at COCC. Now, I teach ASL to Bend Immersion Preschool students and staff, as well as Bend Language Institute. I enjoy living in both deaf and hearing worlds and interacting through both languages.


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