Continuing & Professional Education

Sign Language

Courses for everyone

Learn­ing a lan­guage is more than mak­ing unusu­al sounds and learn­ing a new alphabet. 

It’s about com­mu­ni­cat­ing and under­stand­ing — it is a cul­tur­al experience.

Gain an edge on the expand­ing glob­al mar­ket and con­nect with new peo­ple through devel­op­ing com­pe­tence in a sec­ond language.

Do you have a pas­sion for lan­guages? Is your job or your vaca­tion trav­el tak­ing you to oth­er coun­tries? Would you like to have a bet­ter under­stand­ing of your her­itage or anoth­er cul­ture? Or do you need to pre­pare for Uni­ver­si­ty cred­it lan­guage courses?

Par­tic­i­pants in our cours­es come from all walks of life and have their own rea­sons for study­ing a sec­ond lan­guage: work, trav­el, cul­tur­al enrich­ment, friendship/​relationships, study abroad, her­itage, or liv­ing part of the year in anoth­er country.


No application or prerequisites required – just register in a course.

Learn and practice listening, reading, and writing skills.

Develop your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation.

Explore aspects of the life and culture of different countries.

Open doors to a world of career and life possibilities.

Daytime, evening, and weekend courses held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Sign Language

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.
January 11
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Sandra Reid
Improve your basic American Sign Language skills in this course designed for those who completed the ASL 1 course. Carry on conversations in ASL on everyday topics such as family, activities, and interests. Further develop your ASL receptive and expressive skills, and learn how to use storytelling in ASL. This class will be entirely conducted in ASL.
April 5
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Rouzbeh Ghahreman
In this class conducted entirely in American Sign Language, you¿ll consolidate and expand your mastery of ASL, as you become capable of carrying on conversations about everyday topics in a variety of contexts. Take your ASL receptive and expressive skills beyond the basics and increase your comfort level with common interpersonal interactions. Deepen your understanding of Deaf culture and the Deaf community.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep