American Sign Language (ASL)
Great Choice For You If:
- You are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing
- You know or are learning ASL
- You intend to major in ASL Studies, Interpreter Training Program, or ASL World Languages
The purpose of the American Sign Language LLC is to establish a community for students who know or are learning ASL. Students within the ASL LLC will develop a network of peers that communicate with ASL and a community that will gain an understanding of and respect for ASL, deaf history and culture.
- Taking courses with fellow ASL LLC peers, where all of you are learning ASL together and can come back to your living space using what you learned.
- Involved with events on and off campus where everyone at the event is using ASL.
- Fall Semester: ASL I (3 credits) and Deaf Culture (3 credits)
- Spring Semester: ASL II (3 credits) and Deaf History (3 credits)
In Their Own Words:
Andrew Damon, LLC Mentor:"I joined the LLC two years ago because the best way to learn a language is to be fully immersed in it. The ASL LLC is way to get fully immersed because you live with people who can sign. Being the mentor gives me a unique opportunity to get to know first year students and watch them grow. Living and working on the LLC floor is a challenge, but its a challenge worth doing to better the lives of everyone involved including me."
Kelsey Ferris, LLC Student:
“I joined the ASL LLC so I would have something in common with people I lived with and so I would know people in my ASL classes. It's great being in the ASL LLC because you don’t have to wait until you’re a junior or senior to get into your major. Here you live your major every day and you always have someone to turn to. We’ve all become really close and it’s because of our commonalities.”
Leah Hoffman, LLC Resident Assistant
"Choosing to live in the ASL LLC impacted my college experience tremendously. As someone who was nervous about moving to the big city, living in the LLC gave me a welcoming home with students who have similar interests as me. For the last four years, the LLC has been a place where I have made great friends, grown, improved my ASL skills, and get great feedback on homework with others. As someone who first lived in the community and who is now the RA for the ASL-LLC, I have had the opportunity to see many students have similar experiences to myself. I have seen so many students improve their ASL skills and continue to be involved within the Deaf community at UWM and within the Milwaukee area. Living in the LLC has been very rewarding and is one of the best decisions I have made during my college career."
Katie Lemmenes, LLC Student
"I enjoy living in the LLC because it helped me develop an instant group of friends and connected me to the Deaf community. I think I am a much better signer than I would be without the LLC since I have been able to learn through immersion and experience Deaf culture first hand."
Last updated: 1/31/2014