Sign Your Way to a Foreign Language Credit

Published on: June 01, 2011

Did you know Lone Star College-CyFair’s American Sign Language (ASL) courses count as a foreign language credit? And there are many benefits to adding ASL to your schedule, such as no pre-requisites for one.

“Due to the visual nature of ASL, it is a great alternative to the spoken foreign language classes,” said Leyel Hudson, LSC-CyFair associate professor and interpreter. “Some people take ASL just to transfer language credits, but we also offer an ASL Communication Skills Certificate to help enhance people’s resumes as well as an AAS degree in Interpreter Training Technology for those interested in pursuing an interpreting career.”

The Interpreter Training Program (ITP) introduces students to skills necessary to achieve message equivalency in interpreting and transliterating to and from ASL. The program also includes the use of computer laboratories, multimedia equipment and video equipment to assess and enhance interpretation development.

LSC-CyFair offers ASL year round in a variety of formats such as full semester courses, 14-week or 8-week courses and day or evening courses. In addition, Introduction to Deaf Community, Deaf Culture and Introduction to the Interpreting Profession courses can be taken online.
  
“In the fall, we will be offering a fast-track ASL I and ASL II program where students could complete two language classes in one semester,” said Hudson.

For information on ASL or ITP, go to LoneStar.edu/interpreter-training-tech or contact Hudson via e-mail at leyel.m.hudson@lonestar.edu or at 832.326.3367.