MTSU lends helping hands in American Sign Language...

MTSU lends helping hands in American Sign Language online classes May 23-27

Instructor Haley Jensen, top left, and, clockwise from left, Stacie Lowry, Sarah Pruitt, Sarah Seago, and Joshua Jensen display their American Sign Language skills via video conferencing. (Photo submitted)

Instructor Haley Jensen, top left, and American Sign Language students (shown clockwise from top center) Sarah Pruitt, Sarah Seago, Joshua Jensen and Stacie Lowry display their sign language skills via videoconferencing. Click the image to register for MTSU’s virtual ASL summer course. (Photo submitted)

Learning a new language can be both fun and hands-on in MTSU’s virtual American Sign Language summer course.

MTSU’s Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition is offering its regular course as one five-day experience from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 23-27, via videoconference.

“I appreciate being able to attend classes online,” said Amanda, a developmental therapist. “The platform is really easy to use. I … would love the ability to continue further classes (online).”

Instructor Haley Jensen leads the classes through games and other hands-on activities dealing with greetings, numbers, colors, body parts, the alphabet and elements of basic, everyday conversation.

“We must cap the class at 30 participants,” said Brian Roberts, associate director of CALA. “It usually fills up quickly, and this will be our only offering this summer, so you’re encouraged to register as soon as possible.”

Fees are $300 per person for the public; $250 for MTSU faculty, staff and alumni: and $185 for MTSU and high school students.

For more information, contact Roberts at or or 615-898-5757.

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