Learn Sign Language For Credit?

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut legislators are considering whether the state’s public school students should be able to get foreign language credits for learning American Sign Language.

The General Assembly’s education committee heard testimony Monday about the proposal, which would classify ASL as a world language rather than part of schools’ language arts curriculum.

More than 150 colleges in the U.S. accept ASL credits toward their foreign language requirements, and schools in dozens of states have already switched it from language arts to world languages.

Harvey Corson, vice president of the Connecticut Association for the Deaf, told lawmakers Monday that the change recognizes that ASL is its own language, not a variation of English.

The education committee plans to vote later this month on whether to recommend the change to the full General Assembly.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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