This Fall Semester, County College of Morris (CCM) will begin offering American Sign Language I (ASL), as a credit-bearing course, during both its day and evening sessions. CCM is among only a few local institutions to offer classes in ASL, which is the fourth most commonly used language in the United States.
“Since ASL is also one of the most commonly taught languages in American colleges and universities, these courses, in most cases, easily transfer as credits to meet humanities requirements, free electives and even diversity requirements,” said Professor Jose Ortiz-Batista, chair of the Languages and ESL department. “Given that the overall enrollment in languages is increasing and American Sign Language is becoming even more popular, we eventually hope to offer more levels and an ASL teaching program in the future. “
About a half million people in the United States use ASL. “The language is appealing to many because of its modality, which includes learning a sign and its location and motion related to the body, along with the proper configuration and orientation of one or two hands” said Ortiz-Batista.
For more information on ASL courses at CCM, contact the Languages and ESL department at 973-328-5420 or at LanguagesESLDept@ccm.edu.