American Sign Language (ASL)

American Sign Language (ASL)

Until just a few years ago, Yale students could study ASL only through the DILS (Directed Independent Language Study) program; they could not get credit for such study nor use it to fulfill the language requirement. In Spring 2017, after students expressed strong interest in having ASL courses offered as part of the Yale College curriculum and faculty enthusiastically endorsed the idea, the administration granted permission and allocated resources to start a three-semester pilot program (January 2018—June 2019).

Given the high demand for ASL during the pilot program, Yale decided to continue the teaching of ASL in the academic year 2019-20 and beyond. If there is sustained demand and interest, as we expect, ASL will become a permanent part of the Yale College curriculum and the number of courses offered will increase to meet demand.

Media Coverage of ASL at Yale

Yale Daily News, October 10, 2017: Natalie Wright
https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2017/10/10/yale-to-offer-sign-language-courses/

Yale Herald, November 10, 2017: Lauren Quintela
https://yaleherald.com/signs-of-change-3f77d616370b

The New Journal, November 17, 2017: Noah Macey
http://www.thenewjournalatyale.com/2017/11/sign-of-the-times-2/

Yale News, November 23, 2021: Susan Gonzalez
https://news.yale.edu/2021/11/23/making-world-more-accessible-sign-time

Yale Daily News, April 25, 2022:  Michael Ndubisi

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2022/04/15/yale-students-reflect-on-25th-…

ASL Lectors

Any questions about the undergraduate program can be directed to Julia Silvestri, ASL Program Coordinator.

Frances Conlin's picture
Lector in American Sign Language (ASL)
Andrew Fisher's picture
Lector in American Sign Language (ASL)
Julia Silvestri's picture
Lector in American Sign Language (ASL)

Courses

Term: Fall 2021

ASL 110.01 American Sign Language I

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on vocabulary, ASL grammar, Deaf Culture and Conversational skills. Use of visual material (DVD), communicative activities, grammar drills, classifiers and Deaf Culture study. ASL 120 is not required to earn credit for ASL 110 

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 9:25 to 10:15 am

ASL 110.02 American Sign Language I

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on vocabulary, ASL grammar, Deaf Culture and Conversational skills. Use of visual material (DVD), communicative activities, grammar drills, classifiers and Deaf Culture study. ASL 120 is not required to earn credit for ASL 110

Professor: Frances Conlin
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 10:30 am to 11:20 am

ASL 110.03 American Sign Language I

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on vocabulary, ASL grammar, Deaf Culture and Conversational skills. Use of visual material (DVD), communicative activities, grammar drills, classifiers and Deaf Culture study. ASL 120 is not required to earn credit for ASL 110

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 10:30 am to 11:20 am

ASL 110.04 American Sign Language I

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on vocabulary, ASL grammar, Deaf Culture and Conversational skills. Use of visual material (DVD), communicative activities, grammar drills, classifiers and Deaf Culture study. ASL 120 is not required to earn credit for ASL 110

Professor: Frances Conlin
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 2:30 to 3:20 pm

ASL 110.05 American Sign Language I

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on vocabulary, ASL grammar, Deaf Culture and Conversational skills. Use of visual material (DVD), communicative activities, grammar drills, classifiers and Deaf Culture study. ASL 120 is not required to earn credit for ASL 110

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 9:25 to 10:15 am

ASL 110.06 American Sign Language I

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on vocabulary, ASL grammar, Deaf Culture and Conversational skills. Use of visual material (DVD), communicative activities, grammar drills, classifiers and Deaf Culture study. ASL 120 is not required to earn credit for ASL 110

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 10:30 to 11:20 am

ASL 110.07 American Sign Language I

An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on vocabulary, ASL grammar, Deaf Culture and Conversational skills. Use of visual material (DVD), communicative activities, grammar drills, classifiers and Deaf Culture study. ASL 120 is not required to earn credit for ASL 110

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 2:30 to 3:20 pm

ASL 130.01 American Sign Language III

Building on ASL 120, this course covers in depth the structure of ASL grammar, fingerspelling, narratives, and visual communication. Students develop expressive and receptive skills in storytelling and dialogue. 

Prerequisites: ASL 120 or a placement evaluation by professor. 

1.5 credits for Yale College students

Professor: Frances Conlin
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday -- Friday; 9:25 to 10:15 am

ASL 130.02 American Sign Language III

Building on ASL 120, this course covers in depth the structure of ASL grammar, fingerspelling, narratives, and visual communication. Students develop expressive and receptive skills in storytelling and dialogue. 

Prerequisites: ASL 120 or a placement evaluation by professor. 

1.5 credits for Yale College students

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 2:30 to 3:20 pm
Term: Spring 2022

ASL 120.01 - American Sign Language II

A continuation to American Sign Language (ASL) I, with emphasis on ASL grammar, expressive and receptive skills in storytelling and dialogues. Use of visual materials (DVD), grammar drills, proper use of non-manual markers and body language. Emphasis on character development, role shifting and story cohesion.

Prerequisite: ASL 110.

1.5 credits for Yale College students

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: Monday - Friday, 9:25 - 10:15a

ASL 120.02 - American Sign Language II

A continuation to American Sign Language (ASL) I, with emphasis on ASL grammar, expressive and receptive skills in storytelling and dialogues. Use of visual materials (DVD), grammar drills, proper use of non-manual markers and body language. Emphasis on character development, role shifting and story cohesion.

Prerequisite: ASL 110.

1.5 credits for Yale College students

Professor: Julia Silvestri
Course Type: ASL
Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: Monday - Friday, 10:30 to 11:20 pm

ASL 120.03 - American Sign Language II

A continuation to American Sign Language (ASL) I, with emphasis on ASL grammar, expressive and receptive skills in storytelling and dialogues. Use of visual materials (DVD), grammar drills, proper use of non-manual markers and body language. Emphasis on character development, role shifting and story cohesion.

Prerequisite: ASL 110.

1.5 credits for Yale College students

Professor: TBA
Course Type: ASL
Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: TBA

ASL 120.04 - American Sign Language II

A continuation to American Sign Language (ASL) I, with emphasis on ASL grammar, expressive and receptive skills in storytelling and dialogues. Use of visual materials (DVD), grammar drills, proper use of non-manual markers and body language. Emphasis on character development, role shifting and story cohesion.

Prerequisite: ASL 110.

1.5 credits for Yale College students

Professor: TBA
Course Type: ASL
Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: TBA

ASL 140.01 - American Sign Language IV

Building on ASL 130, this course increases the emphasis on more abstract and challenging conversational and narrative range; cultural values and behavioral rules of the deaf community in the U.S; receptive and expressive activities, including vocabulary, grammatical structures, and aspects of the Deaf Culture in debate format. 

Prerequisite: ASL 130; or as evaluated by professor.

1.5 credits for Yale College students
Professor: TBA
Course Type: ASL
Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: Monday - Friday; 2:30 to 3:20 pm

ASL FAQ

Who will teach the ASL courses this coming year (2022-2023)?

Julia Silvestri, Frances Conlin, and Andrew Fisher.

Are enrollments capped?

Enrollment in ASL 110 will be capped at 18 and Enrollment in ASL 130 will be capped at 18

How will students be chosen for ASL 110 and 130?

Students should check off “request instructor permission” on their YCS worksheet.

Do ASL courses count toward fulfillment of the Foreign Language Requirement (FLR)?

Yes, they do. Please consult the academic regulations for information about the foreign language distributional requirement.