American Sign Language

About the Department

Invest in your future! Prepare yourself to participate in our global society both at home and abroad. Through CLC World Language classes and events, you will acquire critical cultural knowledge and begin to develop the language skills necessary to communicate with others in the target language/culture. Use these intercultural communication skills and put them to work in your career, your community and your personal life. Learning more about other languages and cultures will truly enrich your life and understanding of what it means to be human!

With Spanish and ASL being the second and third most used languages in the U.S., your employment opportunities will increase with your ability to interact at multiple levels. The ability to flow between languages and cultures is invaluable in any career!

Department Information

Department Description: American Sign Language is the third most commonly used language in the United States, behind only English and Spanish. Students taking American Sign Language courses will learn grammar, structure, and syntax of this beautiful language. They will have opportunities to interact with people who are deaf and build a strong basis for learning ASL and using it in their future employment.

Department Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate class level oral or expressive World Language skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of cultural values, norms and traditions per specific World Language;
  • Demonstrate basic understanding that these differences have an impact on group relationships and interactions;
  • Demonstrate appropriate class level receptive and/or written World Language skills;
  • Demonstrate appropriate cultural rules of interaction when conversing in the target language.

Click here for a complete listing of American Sign Language courses.

Click here for more information on the Deaf Studies Certificate.

Transfer Opportunities: The second language skills acquired in ASL courses enhance a student’s chance for success in any profession. Students looking beyond a certificate, or considering a future specialization in the field of American Sign Language Interpreting, should know that many institutions offering degrees in Interpreter Training will accept these courses as prerequisites to their programs.

Career Opportunities: The nationwide shortage of qualified ASL Interpreters in the United States is at an all time high and continues to escalate. With the passage of the ADA act, the public is required to make accommodations for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing patrons. Sign Language Interpreters are the most sought after accommodation for D/HH people. Public schools, higher education, health care providers, hospitals, courts, public safety and other government offices are seeing increased demand for qualified ASL Interpreters.


Tanya Hoting-Mrazek

Tanya Hoting-Mrazek

American Sign Language Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8239
Brainerd E438

Student Testimonials

Anna Hiscock

M. Ed. Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing St. Stephen, MN
Thanks to the high-quality American Sign Language (ASL) instruction at CLC, I use my second language to deliver instruction on a daily basis with complete confidence! I am very grateful for the essential foundations of ASL provided by CLC, and I’m proud to have started my higher education at CLC.


Crosby, MN Former Student
ASL opened my life to a new world of people! It was a great and fun challenge to learn, and allows me to work with patients at the Nursing Home that I work at. Sign gives them an opportunity to interact with someone and not be alone. What an addition to my life!

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

Gainful Employment – Certificate

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