IAP: (Closed) Introduction to American Sign Language

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 10:00am to 11:30am

Virtual Event

Global Languages is happy to offer a non-credit class, Introduction to American Sign Language, during IAP 2022. Ten sessions will be held from January 5 to January 19, 10:00 – 11:30 am. This is a virtual / Zoom class. 

This non-credit IAP class is an introduction to elementary aspects of American Sign Language and to Deaf culture for those with no prior experience. Sessions will focus on gaining specific areas of basic understanding/competency which can be applied to later introductory studies of ASL. Participants will also interact with topics including the role of ASL in Deaf history, current culture, and others.

Sessions will be led by Andrew Bottoms. Andrew Bottoms was born and raised in a Deaf family from North Carolina and American Sign Language (ASL) is his native language. Bottoms graduated from Gallaudet University with two bachelor degrees, one in American Sign Language (ASL) and the other in Deaf Studies.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants with the expectation of attendance at all 10 sessions. Open to members of the MIT community.

Registration is required. All registrants will be contacted by December 23 with confirmation of enrollment or information on placement in a wait list (in the event of over-enrollment).

Registration closed!
Please sign interest form for future activities!

Due to interest well exceeding capacity, Global Languages has closed registration for ASL in IAP. Those who submitted a registration form will be contacted regarding enrollment or placement on the wait list.

If you are interested in future activities related to American Sign Language and Deaf culture, please submit your name and email at this Interest Form.

Global Languages is appreciative of the great show of interest in ASL and we hope we can bring such opportunities to the MIT community again soon.


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Academic, Diversity/Inclusion, IAP (Independent Activities Period)

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MIT Community, Students

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School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS)


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