FREE ASL CLASSES
ASL CLASS SCHEDULE AND HOLIDAYS
(Free ASL Classes follow a general public school schedule)
Yearyly Starts -- First Day of ASL Class--1st Monday after Labor Day
Christmas / New Year's Break
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--Holiday
Mardi Gras Break
Spring Break (mid-April)
Summer Break (mid-May until the1st Monday after Labor Day)
Watch Facebook for updates and specific dates of classes and special events!
The Free Monday Night ASL Project is sponsored by Canal Boulevard Baptist Deaf Church, New Orleans Sign Language Services, LLC,
ALL TYPES OF SIGN LANGUAGE
Sign language is no more universal than spoken languages. American Sign Language (ASL) is the language used by a majority of people in the Deaf community in the United States, most of Canada (LSQ is used in Quebec), certain Caribbean countries and areas of Mexico. Other areas of the world use their own sign languages, such as England (British Sign Language) and Australia (Australian Sign Language).
American Sign Language (ASL) is a distinct visual-gestural-kinesthetic language. While it borrows elements from spoken English and old French sign language, it has unique grammatical, lexical and linguistic features of its own. It is not English on the hands.
Because ASL is not English, educators have developed a number of signed codes which use ASL vocabulary items, modify them to match English vocabulary, and put them together according to English grammatical rules. These codes have various names including Signed Exact English (SEE) and Manual Coded English (MCE). Additionally, when native speakers of English and native users of ASL try to communicate, the “language” that results is a mixture of both English and ASL vocabulary and grammar. This is referred to as PSE (Pidgin Signed English) or contact signing.