In this introductory course, students will learn how to sign basic phrases and complete sentences. Students will be able to introduce themselves and start a conversation. Along the way, they will learn signs for colors, numbers, locations, family, and names for activities they like to do.
Throughout the course, students will learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout it, students will be immersed in silence, which will help them to gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language.
Students will also gain an introduction to the world of the Deaf culture and explore topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, students will be ready to communicate effectively using sign!
"I appreciated the diversity of information provided, including insights into deaf culture and communities. I feel more confident in my ability to interact with someone who is deaf simply because I understand a bit more. This course is a great beginner course and I find myself wanting to learn more--preferably from the same instructor."
"What a wonderful course! Over eight short weeks, I've learned enough to have a basic conversation in American Sign Language. The teacher's writing and videos are fantastic and lead students through a logical progression of sign language skills acquisition."