SUNY Ulster Offers Introduction to Beginning American Sign Language Course

SUNY Ulster Offers Introduction to Beginning American Sign Language Course

June 12 – August 14


        May 20, 2019 – Stone Ridge, NY – The SUNY Ulster Office of Continuing and Professional Education will offer an Introduction to Beginning American Sign Language (ASL) class on Wednesdays, June 12 through August 14, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. The course will be taught by Dr. Jennifer Delora, Ph.D. and will be held at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster on 94 Mary’s Avenue.

         ASL is the third most popular language in the United States with its own syntax, vocabulary, and linguistic complexities. Students in this class will learn the basics of ASL including vocabulary, deaf culture, hand-shapes, classifiers, and ASL Level One ASL Communication methods, including facial expressions as the equivalent of vocal inflections in ASL. Students are asked to bring a notebook, pen, and folder for notes and handouts. The recommended text for the class is“Talking with Your Hands, Listening with Your Eyes.”

          Dr. Jennifer Delora, Ph.D. is deaf. She started as a Theatre Arts student at SUNY Ulster and went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She then received her MA/Ph.D. in Psychology of Deafness: Family Systems and Deafness/Disabilities. Dr. Delora has been a professor/instructor of ASL at New York University and other colleges for over 30 years. She is an accomplished sign music interpreter and performer as well as an award-winning Sign Language & Deaf Culture Specialty Technical Advisor for film, television, and stage. She has worked with Ann Margret, Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Kelly Martin, and many more on award-winning projects.

           For more information or to register, contact the SUNY Ulster Continuing and Professional Education office at (845) 339-2025 or visit and register online using registration code NCC 2144-01.



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