2020 WINTER and SUMMER INSTITUTES, Immersions and ASL Scholars Institute (for high school students)

American Sign Language Institutes are training sessions that are the equivalent to two levels of our standard class curriculum. Students taking one or more Institutes can accelerate their progress toward fluency.  See the descriptions below.

Please note:  Institutes are not ASL camps.  We offer a classroom experience.  We do not have dorms or housing facilities.  Nearby, there are a number of Airbnbs that range in price from $30.00 a night and up. There are many hotels in the area.  If you want suggestions or assistance, we will be happy to help.

The Institutes can take place throughout the year at one of our sites or at your facility. They are available nationally.
Outside a fifty mile radius of Providence, RI, there are travel fees and possibly accommodation fees. At your site, we can offer the level 1, 2 or 3 Institute.

Our Winter Institute will take place Jan 13 – 17 in Akwesasne, N. Y.

Summer Institutes have brought students together from all over the country.  We have had students from: California, Colorado, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Illinois, Washington and Missouri.  These intensive trainings build your knowledge, skill and confidence quickly.  Last year, for the first time, we welcomed international students from the Dominican Republic, Switzerland and France.

For those who travel here, we can provide transportation – pick up at the train station, bus station or airport, and car pooling while here.

You can register online or we can send you a registration form.

Contact us at:
or call 1 401 727-8573

Level one Institute is 24 classroom hours.
Level two
Institute is 27 classroom hours.
Level three Institute is 32 hours of instruction.
Level four Institute is 32 hours of instruction.
The ASL Scholars Institute is 60 hours of instruction.

Students that register for two or more
receive a $50.00 discount
on the second and
successive ones.



3 options in 2020: 

1)  Sept. to May
30 weeks/60 hours of evening classes
6:30 – 8:30 PM 

2)  July 6 – 17
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

3)  August 10 – 21
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost:  $600.00 – paid in full at the time of registration.  There are no refunds issued after attendance at the first class.

Class size will be limited to 16 participants
All materials are provided
Location:  2845 Post Road in Warwick, RI


ASL Institute Level 1
covers our standard class curriculum
for levels 1 (see the page “Course Descriptions) with additional practice and background on ASL.

Level 1 will be offered twice:

2020 dates:
July 6 – 10 and Aug 10 – 14

Meeting times:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur – 9:30 to 3:30
Fri – 10:00 – 3:00

Cost:  $250.00

Location: 681 Park Ave, Cranston, RI



Summer Institute level 2
covers our standard class curriculum
for levels 2 and part of level 3.  See the page “course descriptions.”  

Meeting Times:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, 9:00 – 3:30
Fri, 9:00 – 3:00

Cost: $250.00



Summer Institute level 3 is for intermediate students, or college students who have completed at least 2 semesters of ASL.
The curriculum is adjusted to accommodate student learning goals

Classifiers; prepositions; directional verbs;
spatial referencing – learning to set up multiple objects in space with clarity, and more.
There will be work on expressive and
receptive skills, and live practice and presentations.

We will have an Immersion field trip –
signing all day in a real-world environment
(Wed) and a silent lunch together (Fri).

2020 dates TBA

Monday 9 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9 am to 4:00 pm
Wednesday  8:00 am to about 7:00 pm
Thursday 10 am to 3:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Cost:  $300.00


ASL institute Level 4

This level is for intermediate to advanced learners.  The course content will include work
on advanced vocabulary, grammar and facial linguistics.There will be an Immersion to Old Sturbridge Village, and 2 mini-mersions – shorter field trips – to Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, MA and a walking tour of Providence.

2020 Dates:  TBA

Monday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 to 5:30 pm
Wednesday  8:30 – 6:30 pm
Thursday 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 – 3:00

Cost: $350.00