Frequently Asked Questions

How long are your classes?

ASL Champs classes meet for 60-90 minutes once per week for 8 weeks.

Are your classes continuous?  Can I join anytime?

No.  Our classes are live and follow a specific curriculum for 8 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 8 week sessions 4-5 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. 

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 8 weeks.  Each class session is usually recorded then sent our to registered students for review. Recordings are available for 1 week only, but are able to be downloaded if you need more time. However, the recordings 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 8 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! 

Why do you prefer I give you a gmail address for my email?

ASL Champs classes rely upon a Google Classroom setting for sending the weekly notes, recordings and other communication that may be needed when class is not in session. This helps to streamline our communication with students rather than relying on bulk emails every week. Google Classroom is dependent on participants using a gmail address. If you do not have one, please let us know after you register.

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 8 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. Please note: classes will take place LIVE on Eastern Standard Time.  If you subscribe to our mailing list, you’ll be notified when the next class session opens up for registration.

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 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!