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American Sign Language Course Offered this Summer at Trent’s Downtown Traill College

May 24, 2019

New course marks first time Trent University has offered Continuing Education opportunities in summer

Trent University students conversing outside of Scott House at Traill College, Trent University.

Trent University is offering an American Sign Language (ASL) course through the University’s popular Continuing Education program at Traill College – marking the first time Continuing Education courses have been offered at Trent in the summer.

The ASL course will provide a chance for learners to brush up on this communication skill used by people in the deaf community as well as others including people with Down Syndrome, non-verbal people, those with hearing loss in adult life and recipients of cochlear implants.

"Lifelong learning is an increasingly popular way for the Peterborough community to connect with Trent University,” said Dr. Michael Eamon, director of Continuing Education. "We are happy to expand our courses into the summer with ASL and hope to increase our offerings in the years to come."

ASL for Beginners will run on Wednesday evenings at Traill College, Trent University’s downtown college, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from June 12 to July 31.

Instructor Jennifer Endicott, who has more than 10 years of teaching experience, will lead this introductory course that will cover different learning outcomes at each session. Topics and sessions include myths and common misconceptions about the deaf community, fingerspelling, identifying locations, narrating experiences with languages, how to ask for a sign, communicating with the face, expressing needs, and more.

The cost per session is $20 (plus HST) if paid in advance and $30 (plus HST) at the door; there’s a cap of 20 people per session. Register online at (additional registration fee will apply) or in person with cash or cheque at Scott House Room 107.1, 310 London St., Traill College.

About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

For more information contact:
Kathryn Verhulst Rogers, manager, Marketing & Communications, Trent University, 705-748-1011 x6182 or

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