How to Learn Sign Language in Jacksonville, Florida

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If you live in Jacksonville, Florida and you are considering learning sign language, you have a few choices. If you're interested in taking formal classes and think you may eventually want to work with the deaf as a career, there are a couple of colleges that offer associate's or bachelor's degrees related to sign language. Otherwise, you have the option of studying independently online.

  • Study at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville. This community college offers an associate's degree in sign language interpretation. The program provides training to students in preparation for employment as deaf interpreters, and also provides training in nursing, education and human services to the deaf. This 72-sign language program covers courses on orientation to deafness, American Sign Language, structure of American Sign Language, finger spelling, interpreting, issues in educational interpreting and interpreting practicum. The tuition fee is $74.20/credit hour for in-state residents, $282.05/credit hour for non-residents, and $143.65/credit hour for Georgia residents.

  • Go to the University of North Florida. A bachelor's degree program in sign language interpreting is offered at the University of North Florida. This 48-credit program includes courses in advanced ASL proficiency, interpretation/translation process, interpreting skills lab, serving and learning deaf children, advanced interpretation skill, research in interpreting, and interpreting practicum. This program costs $150.82 per credit hour for Florida residents and $597.09 per credit hour for non-Florida residents.

  • Learn sign language online. This is a good option for the casual sign language learner who does not have time to attend formal classes. LifePrint.com provides finger spelling introduction, finger spelling quizzes, finger spelling wallpapers, interpreting lessons, workbook, and ASL terminologies. Aslpro.com provides online learning tools such as ASL for baby's dictionary, ASL quizzes, finger spelling, and ASL religious signs. It also provides game tools, mouth morphemes, hand shapes, and educational videos.

  • Attend Signing Time Academy. This is a nationwide school that teaches sign language to kids using music and activities. Through the activity-based lessons, children will build an American Sign Language vocabulary. The classes in Jacksonville are given by a certified instructor. In addition to regular classes, there are workshops, parties and special events. The Signing Time website also has games, music, flashcards and DVDs available, based on the Signing Time curriculum.

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