Pellissippi State offers sign language classes for children and adults

Teach your baby to communicate with sign language, introduce a child to a “new” language, or learn the basics yourself in upcoming sign language classes at Pellissippi State Community College.

The following courses are offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. They take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

  • “Beginner Sign Language”—March 1-29, Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.; $59

Open to children and adults, the course teaches the basics of this rich language and explores the culture and history of the deaf. Discussion includes an exploration of careers as an interpreter for the deaf or as an educator at a school for the deaf.

  • “Baby Sign Language”—March 3-24, Saturdays, 9:30-11 a.m.; $59

Reduce your baby’s frustration by teaching him or her sign language that can be used to clearly communicate thoughts, wants and needs before or after the development of speech. Research has shown that sign language also helps improve a baby’s motor skills and social development. Adult students will learn basic signs such as “eat,” “sleep” and “thirsty,” as well as finger spelling, in a fun, interactive setting.

Full class descriptions, along with a schedule of all courses offered by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, are available at www.pstcc.edu/bcs.

For additional information or to register, call BCS at (865) 539-7167.