This live online American Sign Language class is ideal for students in 6th-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 the importance of facial expressions and use of space in sign language and learn to incorporate those into their signing as well. Students will learn a little about the Deaf culture and the history of ASL. 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, as well as reviewing previous signs. Students will be expected to spend about half an hour a day, five days a week on this course.
Most of the weekly assignments will be auto-graded by the computer. This gives students the opportunity to learn from and correct their mistakes. 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.
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David and Rachel Nance have been teaching Aim Spanish classes together for the last several years, in addition to working together to raise and homeschool their five children. Both have deep roots with the Spanish language and with education. In addition to living in Spain with their family in 2019-2020, they each previously lived in South America (David in Uruguay and Rachel in Bolivia) and have traveled extensively through Latin America and Europe.
David has a BA in Spanish Teaching from Brigham Young University, an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University, and a Master’s in School Management from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain. He has taught online Spanish classes since 2007, spent four years as the foreign language curriculum specialist at the Arkansas Department of Education, and worked for one year as an English language teaching assistant at a vocational school in Spain.
Rachel has a BS in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She taught elementary school for four years before having children of her own. In addition to being fluent in Spanish, Rachel studied ASL for four semesters while she was in college. When a Deaf couple started coming to her church four years ago, she finally got to put her learning into practice and became one of the interpreters for the couple. Rachel has taught Spanish and ASL classes in her home in addition to teaching Spanish for Aim Academy.
The Nances love spending time with their family. They love to travel, learn languages, spend time outdoors, read, and play tabletop games.