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American Sign Language


American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language. With signing, the brain processes linguistic information through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial expressions and body movements, all play important parts in conveying information. (National Deaf Association)

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Professor Becky Engel

(360) 992 - 2279


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A Vibrant Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is vibrant language that allows individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to interact with the world around them. ASL offers its own unique take on grammatical structure, syntax, and rules, and requires extensive training to tap in to this specialized form of communication.

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For students who want expertise in American Sign Language, this certificate may be earned along with a regular A.A. degree, and will be awarded upon graduation. Student's interested in pursuing this program should consult with an academic advisor.