This course was excellent for a total beginner. I knew no signs before this class. Jennifer is an outstanding instructor. I couldn't wait to start each one of my lessons. She made it fun and I looked forwarded to it.
Such a great course for the relevant content needed to understand the basics of sign language! The instructor was fantastic and knowledgable in this area. She gave us variations to signs that we may see, which is super helpful. Overall, this was a great course.
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.
As someone who has done an entire college diploma through distance education online, I have to say that this is one of the best online courses I have ever taken. It was fun and challenging. The instructor was great and always quick to respond. I learned more than I had even hoped I would. I will definitely recommend this course to friends and colleagues.
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.
This course and its instructor is fabulous. I learned so much more than I thought I would. It is well constructed, and thoughtfully led. I would like to see more courses available along this line. A "next level" to build on the skills learned, and information. As a language course of study, this is the best taught I have encountered.
This was the best online training I have ever worked through!
This was a great class, I really learned a lot about the Deaf Community, and signing and I feel very comfortable signing simple conversations. I loved this class, thank you for making it interesting. I highly recommend this course.
Jennifer Carmean is an excellent teacher. I learned so much valuable information that will help me to communicate with the deaf students on my caseload. If she offered a follow-up class, I would definitely take it. The course material and the supplementary material that she provided was relevant and interesting.
I absolutely loved this course. I learned so much in so little time!
Course Code: dsl
Learn to describe the language of Deaf people, and apply correct hand placement when signing numbers 0 to 15. Then, learn to sign and read the finger spelled alphabet which will help you introduce yourself and discuss proper names.
Introduce yourself in sign language, produce the four aspects of each sign, and add the correct facial expressions for signing questions. Then, learn customs used in the Deaf community during conversations, add more questions and answers to your introduction, and perform the signs for colors and numbers 16 to 30.
Learn to employ vocabulary to describe your living environment, and sign different types of dwellings and modes of transportation. Then, learn to perform signs for immediate family members, apply categorical usage of gender signs, and explain communication strategies to use with Deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
Discover additional family-related signs, describe the concept of number incorporation, and explain how Black signs differ from American Sign Language. Then apply the number signs to telling time; explain how sign language uses past, present, and future tenses; and discuss the impact "Deaf President Now" had on society.
Perform signs for additional time frames, indoor and outdoor activities, and opinions, and describe the unique family dynamic of CODAs. Then, learn the cultural norms Deaf people use when getting each other's attention, and perform signs for feelings and personality traits.
Learn to perform signs for clothing and hairstyles, explain how classifiers are used, and describe the use of "baby signs." Finally, you’ll learn to create sentences using the signs for food and animals, describe the differences between English and sign language, and explain the profession of sign language interpreters.
Jennifer Carmean has been involved in the Deaf community since 1982. During that time she has worked with Deaf people as a counselor and taught American Sign Language. She has experience writing curriculum and developing sign language degrees for community colleges. She's a member of the American Sign Language Teacher's Association and the National Association of the Deaf. She has a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf and a professional certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. She has a certificate of completion in using the Signing Naturally curriculum.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.