• Adult Basic Education & High School Equivalency Program


     

    This program is designed for all Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who communicate in American Sign Language and desire to improve their English and Math literacy in order to effectively communicate with their superiors and colleagues in the employment setting. All levels of reading and writing classes have access to sophisticated instructional technology, including computer labs and Smart classrooms. The program includes High School Equivalency (formerly G.E.D.) preparatory, English and Math classes and requires testing for reading, writing and math skills for appropriate placement. Make an appointment for the placement test with: Pacts Cartagna, (917) 832-1202 Voice/VP.


    Information about the new TASC (replaces G.E.D. Exam)

    Click here to download an information sheet in PDF format about the new TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), which will replace the G.E.D. Exam in New York State starting in January 2014.

    TABE Reading & Writing and/or Math Placement Exam

    You must take a TABE reading and writing and/or math pre-placement test to register for our English and Math Literacy or High School Equivalency courses.

    High School Equivalency Predictor Exam

    To reserve a seat for the placement test, call Pacts Cartagna at (917) 832-1202 Voice/VP or email pcarlson@lagcc.cuny.edu.

    American Sign Language & English Literacy

    Beginning ASL & English for Deaf Adults 

       For Deaf and hard-of-hearing students new to American Sign
       Language (ASL) and English, learn to interact in ASL and
       improve your English. You will use pictorial representations in
       books to retell and respond to ideas in these books in ASL and
       written English. You will also develop communication skills to
       understand and be understood when signing about life situations.
       Information about Deaf culture is included in each lesson.
       Prerequisite: TABE score
       up to 2. 

    English Literacy

    Beginning Basic Education Level 1 for Deaf Adults 

       For advanced beginner Deaf adult readers and writers, you will
       read various stories, discuss your understandings, and write
       summaries and reactions to what you read. You will also write
       personal essays to express your ideas more clearly and
       correctly.
       Prerequisite: American Sign Language and TABE score between
       a 2 and 3. 

    Beginning Basic Education Level 2 for Deaf Adults

       For Deaf adult readers and writers, you will read various stories,
       discuss your understandings, and write summaries and reactions
       to what you read. You will also write personal essays based on
       the readings to express your ideas more clearly and correctly.
       Prerequisite: American Sign Language and TABE score
       between a 3 and 4. 

    Pre-High School Equivalency Reading/Writing for Deaf Adults

       Improve your reading and writing skills in order to enter High
       School Equivalency preparation classes. You will study High
       School Equivalency subject content areas while focusing on
       reading comprehension and effective written communication.
       Prerequisite: American Sign Language and TABE score
       between a 4 and 7. 

    High School Equivalency Reading/Writing for Deaf Adults

       Advance your reading and writing skills in the context of subject
       areas covered by the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion;
       replaces G.E.D.) exam -- social studies, science, reading and
       writing.
       Prerequisite: American Sign Language and TABE score of
       7 or higher. 

    As a continuing education student, you may also have access to a self-contained academic class in writing and reading if you have college level English literacy skills. Course grades are determined by attendance, participation, grades on quizzes, homework assignments and a final exam.
     

    Basic Skills in Reading (BSR)

       This course is offered through the LaGuardia's Academic Affairs
       Division in preparation for college entry. Students must have at
       least 5th grade of reading level.

    Basic Skills in Writing (BSW)

       This course is offered through the LaGuardia's Academic Affairs
       Division in preparation for college entry. Students must have at
       least 5th grade of reading level.
     

    Math Literacy

    Pre-High School Equivalency Math for Deaf Adults

       Improve your math skills as you focus on the following areas of
       Pre-High School Equivalency Mathematics: decimals, fractions,
       percents, introduction to probability, measurements, and word
       problems.

    High School Equivalency Math for Deaf Adults

       Advance your math skills as you focus on the following areas of
       High School Equivalency Mathematics: probability, ratio and
       proportion, percents, measurements, graphs and tables, basics
       of algebra, geometry, special topics in algebra and geometry,
       and word problems.

    The Dual Access Math Program offers 2 levels of math classes that are designed to help you practice your computational skills using a variety of mathematical problems that can be applied in the work world or as preparation for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion; replaces G.E.D.) math exam. The program requires placement testing prior to registration for an appropriate level.

    Introduction to Algebra (Dual Access)

       This course has a problem solving approach that emphasizes the
       importance of mathematical reasoning in addressing real world
       problems drawn from diverse disciplines. Topics include
       arithmetic (signed numbers, fractions, decimals and percents),
       elementary algebra (solving first degree equations and
       inequalities, rules of exponents, equations of lines) and basics
       of geometry (area of perimeter) as well as numeracy (estimation,
       unit analysis). The course is intended for students with little or
       no algebra background.

    Elementary Algebra (Dual Access)

       Advance your math skills in preparation for the TASC (Test
       Assessing Secondary Completion; replaces G.E.D.) exam and/or
       college entry. Learn how to apply graphing, systems of linear
       equations, functional concepts, rules of exponents, factoring,
       polynomial algebra, rational expressions, complex fractions,
       radical expressions and the quadratic formula. This course is
       offered jointly with the college's Mathematics Department

    For registration information, visit the How to Register site. To find out about the start and end dates of these quarterly classes, please visit the Course Schedule site. Please note that all course information is subject to change. 

  • CONTACT US

    Program for Deaf Adults
    Division of Continuing Education
    Mailing Address:

    31-10 Thomson Avenue
    Room C-203
    Long Island City, NY 11101

    Office Location:

    29-10 Thomson Avenue
    Room C-203
    Long Island City, NY 11101

     (718) 482-5324  Voice

     (917) 832-1202  VP

     (718) 609-2069  Fax

     pcarlson@lagcc.cuny.edu 


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