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American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is a mode of communication used by thousands of deaf Americans and Canadians. An evolving language and culture with its own history—it began as a formal language tradition in the United States in the early 19th century, with roots in Old French Sign Language. ASL is a visual means of thought and expression, involving a range of gestural systems beyond finger spelling.

The New School offers a selection of courses in ASL throughout the academic year for beginners and intermediate students. Visit the website starting in July for a list of fall ASL course offerings. If you are unsure whether a course is right for you, contact the Department of Foreign Languages at

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