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MTSU to present American Sign Language courses rem...

MTSU to present American Sign Language courses remotely this summer

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If you’ve always wanted to learn American Sign Language, MTSU is eager to give you a hand — and show you how to use it.

The Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition will offer two videoconference instruction sessions of five days each designed to help you communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.

Parts one and two of the instruction are combined into each session. The first session is scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday, May 24-28. The second session is slated for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday, June 14-18.

Instruction will include greetings, numbers, colors, body parts, the alphabet and elements of basic, everyday conversation, learned through games and other fun hands-on activities.

Since each class will be capped at 30 participants, enrollees are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Fees are $185 for MTSU and high school students; $250 for MTSU faculty, staff and alumni; and $300 for the general public.

“It has been great to have the ASL course (as) an online class,” said Brianna S., an environmental health and safety specialist. “I have been able to enjoy interacting and practicing with my classmates, engage and play games and do all of this conveniently at home. The class itself is so much fun, and the fact that it can be done virtually makes it even easier to accommodate … my schedule.”

To register online, go to To find out more, send an email to Brian Roberts, CALA’s associate director, at or

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