Free Community ASL Class

Upcoming Event Information

Thank you for your interest in our free community Zoom class in October and November. We have had an overwhelming response to these classes!

The classes are now full for this session, but we want to accommodate everyone by doing the following:

  • The Zoom recording will be available each week for the six weeks
  • Another 6-week beginners class will be offered at the end of January. We plan to reformat the class to host more participants.

Our Spring Semester ASL classes for college credit will run January 17th, 2023 – May 6th, 2023. All of our in-person classes have a Zoom option. Our live web classes are real-time, but on Zoom only. These classes require that you are admitted to Cincinnati State and pay tuition. However, our tuition is lower than most in the area and we encourage everyone to explore financial aid.

Beginning-level ASL classes this Spring 2023:

Beginning ASL 1, Mon/Wed, 10:00am – 11:15am, in-person (ITP 101-XXX)
Beginning ASL 1, Tues/Thurs, 10:00am – 11:15am, in-person (ITP 101-001)
Beginning ASL 1, Tues/Thurs, 2:30pm – 3:45pm, in-person (ITP 101-002)
Beginning ASL 1, Thurs, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Live Web (ITP 101-201)

Class Recordings & Handouts

October – November 2022

Week 2

Recording: Watch on Youtube

Handout: See Week 1 for this week’s handout

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6


Is the class really free?

Yes, it’s free, really! This introductory course has no cost.

Do I need to come to campus, or is it all online?

It’s all online! There’s no in-person version – everyone participating will be participating online.

Will the courses be recorded? Will we have access to those recordings?

Yes! All class sessions will be recorded.

The recordings will then be linked on this webpage for you can watch them whenever it’s convenient!

Who should take this class? What if I don’t know any signs yet?

This class is designed for beginners who have little to no exposure to sign language. We will assume you don’t know any signs at all and work our way from there.

What if I have to miss one or more class sessions?

No problem. This class doesn’t have an attendance policy, so there’s no need to inform the instructor if you’re going to miss. Just be sure to watch the posted recording before the next session so you’ll stay caught up.

Is this course available to residents of other cities? States? Countries?

Yes! This course is available to anyone who can access it.

Can I get credit for this class? Can this credit be applied to a degree at another college?

No, this free offering does not provide credits.

This class is meant to be a “taste” of what to expect if you are interested in learning more ASL and/or thinking about taking sign language classes at Cincinnati State.

We offer for-credit classes as well, and even a degree in sign language interpreting! We’d love to talk to you outside of class if you’re interested.

Could this be counted as Continuing Education Credit for my job?

As for CEUs, you’ll want to consult with your employer about which of those options qualifies.

Is the instructor Deaf? What are the instructors qualifications?

Dawn Caudill (she/her) is the instructor for this class, and she is a hearing
individual. She is a nationally certified sign language interpreter, and the
founder of Cincinnati State’s Interpreter Training Program. From time to
time, Deaf individuals may teach or assist with the course, but when that
happens, one or more interpreters will be on-hand to assist you in
communicating with them if needed.

Are children allowed?

This is a family-friendly course. We prefer that children be supervised.

Are we required to show faces on camera?

No. We love to see you smiling back at us if you’re in the live class sessions, especially if you want feedback on your signing skills, but it’s not required.

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