This live online American Sign Language class is ideal for students in 7th-12th grades. Students will learn the most important signs used to communicate in ASL, as well as how to fingerspell (spell words out). In this course, students learn basic ASL grammar, the importance of facial expressions, and the use of space in sign language, learning how to incorporate these grammar concepts into their signing. We also learn about Deaf culture and work on receptive skills through authentic resources such as stories and signed books.
During live class each week, students will use the signs they have learned throughout the week to communicate with the teacher and other students. They will work on their receptive skills in both fingerspelling and signing. We will use stories and games to practice these skills.
Throughout the week, students will work through modules where they learn and practice the signs we will be using in the next class. It is very important that students always watch the videos before they come to class. They will also watch a video of a children’s book in ASL and learn a little bit about Deaf culture or ASL grammar. Lastly, they will take a quiz to test their new knowledge. Students will be expected to spend about half an hour a day, five days a week, on this course.
Who should enroll?
Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to enroll.
- A computer (this class does not work well on a phone or tablet as students need to see each other)
- A good webcam
- High-speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to attend live classes each week
Evaluation and Feedback
The weekly quizzes will be auto-graded by the computer. This gives students the opportunity to learn from and correct their mistakes. Students will also record themselves asking and answering questions in ASL on Flipgrid; these will be personally graded by me each week. If students or parents have any questions or concerns, they are welcome to email me.
Students are always welcome to email me with any questions or about anything that they are struggling with. Messages are typically answered within 24 hours. Parents have access to their parent account to monitor their student’s progress, and parents are also welcome to email me with questions about the course.