American Sign Language I

    EXGEN 3148 is offered this spring:

Learn the basics of Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage (ASL) in this course designed for those with lit­tle or no back­ground in ASL. Acquire begin­ner-lev­el, prac­ti­cal ASL com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills on every­day top­ics, both to express your­self and under­stand con­ver­sa­tion­al Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage. Under­stand the cru­cial com­po­nents of ASL and find out how to use non-man­u­al gram­mar in ASL. Explore issues relat­ed to Deaf cul­ture and the Deaf com­mu­ni­ty. This class will be entire­ly con­duct­ed in ASL.


May 4, 2021Jul 9, 2021


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm MT




6:00 pm – 7:30 pm MT



Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Rouzbeh GhahremanID: rouzbeh-ghahreman

Rouzbeh Ghahreman was born Deaf in Iran, where he completed a master’s degree in History. Before immigrating to Canada, he was involved in the publication of a dictionary of Farsi Sign Language and with the first Encyclopedia of the Deaf in Iran. Once in Canada, he completed a master's degree in Special Education with a focus on Deaf Education at the U of A. For the past decade, Rouzbeh has been teaching in different educational institutions, delivering courses in Deaf education, American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf culture, and ESL to Deaf newcomers. Rouzbeh always reminds his students that members of the Deaf community do not consider themselves disabled, but rather as a part of a unique linguistic group with a distinct culture.



Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz an

Signing Naturally Student Workbook: Units 1-6 Set

ISBN 9781581212105

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
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This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • An ASL interpreter will be available for the first class to facilitate questions about the course. Subsequent classes will be taught in ASL exclusively. Further communication with the instructor will be through chat (during live sessions) and email (outside of class hours).

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

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EXGEN 3148 is offered this spring: