Janna and I were delighted to create, and then teach, our “Hardcore ASL” style of learning as a new series of American Sign Language courses offered by the City University of New York professional school, and while we no longer teach there, the experience was both historic and defining.
In the fall of 2010, we were contacted by CUNY to help them create a series of American Sign Language classes for their professional students.
We worked with the university throughout the Fall to create the courses, and in January 2011, we stepped before the CUNY Governing Council and won approval for American Sign Language I and American Sign Language II — the first two courses in a series of language study.
Our ASL classes at CUNY were unique for several reasons. First, our students were paraprofessionals working in classrooms with disabled children — so what we taught in class at night was directly applied in a real world classroom the morning — and that was a rare sort of metric that instructors dream about when they plan a lesson of study.
Second, our ASL classes were accepted by CUNY as a foreign language. That was huge and great news, because not all universities offer ASL, and not every university that offers ASL considers it a language that can meet a “foreign language” requirement. CUNY accepted, understood, and celebrated that ASL was, indeed, a language of its own, and we were thrilled by that sort of rare, forward-thinking, prescience.
While we no longer teach ASL at CUNY, you can take courses with us online or in person in the New York City, Tri-State, area. Use our email Contact page to get in touch, or visit our Hardcore ASL website for updated course details.