This live online American Sign Language class is ideal for students in 7th-12th grades. Students will be learning the most important signs used to communicate in ASL, as well as learning to fingerspell (spell words out). Students will also learn basic ASL grammar such as the importance of facial expressions and use of space in sign language and learn to incorporate these grammar concepts into their signing. Students will learn about the Deaf culture. Students will also 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. During 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 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.
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 and these will be personally graded by Mrs. Nance each week. Students are always welcome to email the teacher with questions about things that they are struggling with. Messages are typically answered within 24 hours. Parents will always be able to use their parent account to keep an eye on their student’s progress. They are also welcome to email Mrs. Nance at any time with questions about the course.