Courses Courses Arts and Design Arts and Design Animation Graphic Arts Photography Web Design Other Business Business Accounting Administrative Communication Finance Marketing and Sales Operations Project Management Small Business Soft Skills Career Online High School Career Online High School Online High School Diploma Computer Applications Computer Applications AutoCAD Microsoft QuickBooks Windows Other Computer Programming Computer Programming Programming Classes Construction and Trades Construction and Trades Construction Environmental and Energy Trades Health and Fitness Health and Fitness Alternative Medicine Dental Fitness Medical Veterinary Wellness Hospitality Hospitality Hospitality Service Information Technology Information Technology Cloud Computing Networking Other Security Language Language Languages Legal Legal Legal Studies Math and Science Math and Science Mathematics and Science Teacher Professional Development Teacher Professional Development Child Development Classroom Technology Math and Science Reading and Writing Other Test Prep Test Prep Exam Prep Writing Writing Writing and Editing Skill Map Skill Map Learn More How It Works How It Works About ed2go Externship Programs Financial Assistance Find a School Military Virtual Career Center
Courses
Arts and Design
Animation
Graphic Arts
Photography
Web Design
Other
Business
Accounting
Administrative
Communication
Finance
Marketing and Sales
Operations
Project Management
Small Business
Soft Skills
Career Online High School
Online High School Diploma
Computer Applications
AutoCAD
Microsoft
QuickBooks
Windows
Other
Computer Programming
Programming Classes
Construction and Trades
Construction
Environmental and Energy
Trades
Health and Fitness
Alternative Medicine
Dental
Fitness
Medical
Veterinary
Wellness
Hospitality
Hospitality Service
Information Technology
Cloud Computing
Networking
Other
Security
Language
Languages
Legal
Legal Studies
Math and Science
Mathematics and Science
Teacher Professional Development
Child Development
Classroom Technology
Math and Science
Reading and Writing
Other
Test Prep
Exam Prep
Writing
Writing and Editing
Skill Map
Learn More
How It Works
About ed2go Externship Programs Financial Assistance Find a School Military Virtual Career Center
ed2go Language Languages Discover Sign Language
Return to Languages
learn-sign-language-online

Discover Sign Language

It's truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands and different facial expressions! In this course, you'll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate with Deaf people.

Throughout the course, you'll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate. You'll be immersed in silence during most of the course, so you'll gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language. You'll also gain an introduction to the world of Deaf culture and explore topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you'll be ready to sign!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting January 17, 2018

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Frederick Community College Why this school? It's been chosen based on your location or if you've visited this school's website.

Change School

Learning Method

Instructor-led Confirm your Start Date in Cart

Discover Sign Language

Learning Method

Instructor-led Confirm your Start Date in Cart

Discover Sign Language Reviews

Discover Sign Language Details + Objective

Course Code: dsl

You Will Learn
  • Learn to create the signs for numbers and letters of the alphabet
  • Learn to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences
  • Understand how to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation
  • Learn signs for colors, where you live, family, and the activities you like to do
  • Explore topics such as lip reading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn to effectively communicate with Deaf people using their language
  • Gain confidence in your ability to walk up to and start a conversation with someone who is hearing impaired
  • Experience how a Deaf person would learn sign language in a course that is mostly silent
  • Open the door to start a career or volunteer as an interpreter for the Deaf
Discover Sign Language Outline
Expand All
Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

View All Sections
Discover Sign Language Instructors
Jennifer Carmean

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.

Discover Sign Language Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Discover Sign Language Frequently Asked Questions
Expand All
When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

Browse All