Frequently Asked Questions

How long are your classes?

ASL Champs classes meet for 60-90 minutes once per week for 10 weeks.

Are your classes continuous?  Can I join anytime?

No.  Our classes are live and follow a specific curriculum for 10 weeks at a time with the same group of students assigned to a specific teacher. Each week builds on the next.

When are your sessions offered?

Generally we offer our 10 week sessions 4 times per year: Winter (beginning in January), Spring (beginning in April), Summer (beginning in June) and Fall (beginning in September).

Are your classes virtual or in-person?

At this time all classes are offered virtually via Zoom.  We are exploring going back to some in-person classes in the Richmond area.  Stay tuned!

What time zone are the classes in?

Our classes taught live in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Are ASL Champs sessions live or pre-recorded?  

Our classes are LIVE, meeting at a specific day and time each week for 10 weeks.  Each class session is usually recorded then sent our to registered students for review, but should not be replied upon continuously.  We believe class participation and feedback is critical to success in learning ASL.

What equipment do I need for virtual classes?

Ideally, you will need:

  • a laptop or desktop computer with a camera
  • internet access to the zoom website/application
  • a strong WiFi connection 
  • a distraction-free environment for 60-90 minutes 1X per week for 10 weeks. 

OK, I’ve registered!  What’s next?

First, you’ll get an email during the week prior to your first scheduled class with the class name, days/times.  Your instructor will introduce themselves and provide guidelines for the class structure as well as a link to the class itself.  You just click the link when your class day and time has arrived! 

What if I have to miss a class?

While we believe it’s important to attend each session live as often as possible, we understand life happens – and we’ve got you covered. Each virtual class session is recorded and sent to students via email for review/study purposes, so if you have to miss a session, just play the recording and follow along.

What is the cost for your classes?

Classes are $95 per student for each 10 week session.

Do I have to live in Richmond to take ASL Champs classes?

No! Our virtual classes are offered via Zoom, so they can be taken from anywhere with internet access. In person classes may be offered again in the Richmond, VA area soon. If you subscribe to our mailing list, you’ll be notified then.

Does ASL Champs offer high school or college credit?

No.  ASL Champs are community-based classes taught by our ASL/Deaf community members.  For online classes offering high school or college credit, we recommend checking out lifeprint.com Your local community colleges may also offer online options. 

Do you have a minimum age requirement? 

We recommend all students are over the age of 14 to fully benefit from our classes.  Those under 14 may be admitted if their parent or adult family member is also registered for the same class provided they are able to fully participate in the curriculum.

Do you offer classes for children?

Not at this time.

I am hard of hearing/deaf myself and want to learn ASL. Will I be able to learn through your classes? 

Absolutely!  Our classes are taught SILENTLY. You won’t miss a thing!