"bringing 2 worlds together"

Classes Currently Not In Session

Til Fall 2019

SJI offers...


SJI offers...


  • expert instruction in ASL
  • qualified, competent and caring instructors with a combined total of more than 65 years of ASL teaching experience
  • convenient summer and evening classes
  • classes taught in Staten Island and Brooklyn
  • counseling and evaluation services

SJI is for everyone...


  • teaching professionals who work with Deaf students
  • college students filling language requirements
  • anyone interested in pursuing a career in Sign Language Interpreting or working with the Deaf community either in a school, hospital or other facility. 
  • anyone who wants to learn sign language to better communicate with the Deaf community

SJI American Sign Language Courses


SJI offers a sign language program for both the deaf and hearing populations. Students, professionals, and other interested parties can gain conversational skills in ASL. The program prepares students for entry into the Interpreter Training Program at SJI or elsewhere.

Discussions of Deaf Culture are a part of each course. Each course lasts 14 weeks and consists of 84 instructional hours.

Interpreters Training Program

 Our program prepares students for a professional career in interpreting for the Deaf. Upon completion of ASL 4 you may apply for the ITP program. Candidates must demonstrate a superior command of ASL. All students must pass the ITP screening given by SJI.
The ITP program is 2 years in duration and upon graduation you must submit 100 log hours. The log hours consist of observing interpreters, participating in team interpreting and interpreting with a mentors supervision. The log hours are in addition to course study.
There are many different courses included in the program which cover topics such as: 

  • English    
  • Comparative/Contrastive Studies of Interpreting Models 
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethics and Decision Making 1 & 2
  • ASL Linguistics for Interpreters
  • Discourse Analysis 1 & 2
  • Transliteration
  • Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting
  • Interpreting as a Profession 

Each student will receive hands-on training in many different types of settings including:

  • medical
  • mental health
  • team/community
  • oral
  • theatrical/music
  • video relay
  • deaf/blind
  • educational  
  • court/legal

For more information contact our office at718-984-8200 for a program brochure that lists all classes, explanation of costs and details on how to apply.
Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. 

  • Board of Education acceptance for Career Training Program for Paras. 
  • Board of Education acceptance for Teachers "30 and above" program.
  •  V.E.S.I.D. accpetance. 
  • NCCRS. course credit for ITP pending approval.

Each course is 5 undergraduate credits.

 ASL 1- Introductory course for students with little or no previous knowledge of ASL.
ASL 2- Continuation of ASL1 emphasizing vocabulary development and fluency in the language structure.
ASL 3- Stylistic variations and introduction to various registers available in the language. Advanced work in Deaf Culture and literature.
ASL 4- Preparation for professionals and teachers planning to work with the Deaf Community.
Classes meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30pm until 9:30pm.
(Summer hours are 6:00pm until 10:00pm)
Classes meet at: 

Staten Island, NY:
Our Lady Star of the Sea School5411 Amboy Road
(corner of Huguenot Avenue).
Scheduled payment plan available upon request. 

  • V.E.S.I.D. acceptance.
  • Recommended National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), course credit upon institutional approval.
  • Board of Education acceptance for the Career Training Program for Paras.

Call 718-984-8200 or for more information, tuition details or to register.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Seymour Joseph Institute of American Sign Language, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Institute. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school administered programs. 

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