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July 19, 2024

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Register for MTSU’s Online Sign Language Courses

It's a sign! The first session starts in January, the second in March of next year.

Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Accelerated Language Acquisition will host two six-week online American Sign Language courses open to the public this coming winter and spring.

The courses are being taught by longtime instructor Haley Jensen through CALA, the language training partner of the University Honors College.

Jensen leads the classes using games and other hands-on activities dealing with greetings, numbers, colors, body parts, the alphabet and elements of basic everyday conversations.

CALA’s sign language course has drawn considerable community interest since it was first offered in fall 2018.

Organizers say the course uses CALA’s teaching method of Total Physical Response, an instruction process that engages students in storytelling to help them absorb the language. The instructor and students interact with the new vocabulary through hands-on activities.

Brian Roberts, associate director of CALA, said the class must be capped at 30 participants.

“It usually fills up quickly, and this will be our only offering this spring, so you’re encouraged to register as soon as possible,” he said.

The six-week virtual class meeting times are Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

  • ASL Session 1 runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 28
  • ASL Session 2 runs March 13 through April 17

Cost is $130 for the public, $115 for MTSU faculty/staff/alumni and $100 for MTSU and high school students.

To register, go to For more information, email

CALS also offers asynchronous online telecourses in Spanish, French and Chinese. For more details, visit the registration site at


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.