American Sign Language 2

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  8th–12th

Class:  Mon 3:15 –4:15 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $599

Instructor:  Rachel Nance

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Course Description

 ASL 2 Syllabus

This live online American Sign Language class is ideal for students in 8th-12th grades. Students will build upon the signs and concepts they learned in American Sign Language 1. They will continue to learn additional signs and practice fingerspelling. In addition, they will learn more advanced ASL grammar, including the use of many classifiers (handshapes that represent different things when signing). We will continue to learn about the Deaf culture and work on receptive skills through authentic resources such as stories and signed books. These resources will be more advanced than in ASL 1, usually without any audio.

Course Structure

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 will learn and practice the signs we will be using in the next class. They will also watch a video of a signed story 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 8-12 who have previously taken ASL 1 or comparable amount of experience. Please contact Mrs. Nance for placement questions.

Technology Requirements

  • 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 class 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 signing 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.

Communication

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 welcome to email me with questions about the course.

Required Texts

 

There is no text required for this course.

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Instructor Bio

Rachel Nance

Rachel has taught ASL with Aim Academy since the 2020–21 school year and also taught Spanish for Aim for many years.  She and her husband homeschool their five children, and since 2023, Rachel has taught at a small outdoor private school in Arkansas. Rachel is fluent in Spanish and ASL.  She studied ASL in college, but did not put it to use for many years after that, until a Deaf couple started coming to her church.  At that point, she rediscovered her love for the language and was an interpreter for them for several years. Rachel has a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  She taught full-time prior to having children, and is now a full-time teacher again. Rachel loves to read, travel, spend time outdoors, run, do yoga and play tabletop games with her family.  Contact: rnance[at]aimacademy.online

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