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American Sign Language beginner classes being offered in Great Falls

Posted at 10:45 AM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 13:45:38-04

GREAT FALLS — For the next ten weeks, Conservatory ASL Northwest (CAN) will teach 20 Great Falls language learners ASL.

From now through May 16th, students will meet every Saturday on the second floor of the Children’s Museum of Montana, in Great Falls for their hour-long course.

Language learners will spend the hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. learning basic signs and reviewing previous language lessons.

A wide range of students are enrolled in the course from children to young adults and elders.

Beginning ASL student Patrick Fox had professional and personal motivations for taking the class.

Patrick Fox works at TC Glass alongside a deaf employee and hopes the class will improve his ability to communicate with him.

“It’s good practice to be able to communicate very well and to help him understand so he progresses too,” Fox said.

He hopes over the next two-and-a-half months, he’s able to communicate fluently in sign language. He believes learning sign language will not only help him become a better communicator but help his employee feel more included in the workplace.

“It helps everybody. It brings up his morale, it brings up our morale. It makes him feel more engaged. It’s good practice to learn,” Fox said.

To find more information about upcoming ASL CAN classes, click here.

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