American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary language of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in the United States.
Our highly recommended community-based ASL classes are designed specifically for adults in the Chicagoland area who want to learn the basics of ASL, perfect for those who have Deaf family members, friends, co-workers or customers, or are simply curious about ASL. Our wide range of students includes such diverse occupations as receptionist, social worker, doctor, nurse, lawyer, web designer artist, dancer and nanny. Through DCI’s ASL classes, you will build-up your vocabulary of signs and understand ASL’s unique grammar, as well as become acquainted with aspects of Deaf culture. The instructors for the ASL classes are Deaf native ASL users who are experienced in teaching American Sign Language as a second language. Additionally, all ASL courses are taught using ASL and in an ASL-only immersion format. DCI offers five different levels of classes, each following different sections within the same textbook, “ASL at Work.” The textbook offers 16 units and enables students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to communicate effectively in social settings. Instructors also use ASL-based videos during each course to complement and promote learning.