Interested in learning American Sign Language? Now it couldn't be easier!
The New Signers Program is an intensive, fast-paced, summer pre-college experience designed for newly admitted deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have little or no prior skill in American Sign Language. Through a variety of learning experiences such as lectures, small group activities, evening gatherings where students interact with other deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, and completing self-reflection journals, students will learn how to use ASL to communicate in real-world conversations and situations that are likely to occur on the college campus. Interactive evening activities provide opportunities for students to be immersed in deaf culture.
Virtual: July 19-August 6, 2021 Application Deadline: July 5, 2021
No, the program is optional, but if you are interested in learning how to sign, we encourage you to participate in this virtual program. You not only will have the opportunity to learn basic sign language skills, immerse in Deaf culture, and meet and develop relationships with other non-signing students, but this program also will help ease your transition as you prepare for your first year at RIT/NTID.
The online application must be completed by July 5, 2021. You are not accepted into the program until we receive and review your application, and we send you an official acceptance letter. This is when you know you're officially an NSP participant. Please apply early to ensure a spot in the program.
Details will be shared with you once you have been accepted to NSP. Classes will run Monday-Friday from Noon-4:30 p.m. with one half-hour break. Evening activities will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m.
This will be a three-week long program that will satisfy the Beginning ASL I course requirement. For the first week, your instructor will guide you with learning ASL. During the second and third week of classes, we will follow a “flipped instruction” method and you will be required to review videos before meeting with the instructor to maximize your application skills in classes.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have identified themselves as non-signers on the NTID Language/Communication Background Questionnaire (L/CBQ). Program seats are limited, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Yes, all deaf and hard-of-hearing students who have little or no prior skills in American Sign Language, and who are accepted into a bachelor's degree program in one of the other colleges at RIT can apply for NSP.
Yes. All incoming freshmen, including international students, are invited to participate. All classes will follow Eastern Daytime Time (EDT). Please keep this in consideration when applying for the program. If you live in a different time zone, you will have to convert to your time zone. Here is a link to help you convert to your time zone: https://savvytime.com/converter.
A computer or laptop with a webcam and an internet connection is required for our classes and evening activities. Please ensure your Zoom software is fully updated! You can use a computer or an iPad/tablet with a webcam for our activities.
On the myCourses platform you will find information about your ASL classes and evening activities, including a syllabus, a course schedule, and any other information you need for the ASL classes and evening activities. The point system will be posted in myCourses. Also, there will be a program book that includes contact information for people that you might want to reach.
Yes. RIT/NTID is a welcoming and supportive environment for all learners. Students with low vision or who are blind will work with the Disability Service Office and their instructor to determine the best ways in which to support their needs.
A point system will be used to track your daily participation and assignments. During NSP, you will receive a weekly progress report to see your standing on participation and assignments. Near the end of program, you will have an opportunity to meet with the instructor to discuss your ASL development and skills. You will receive a letter grade at the end of the program.