Discover Sign Language Series

Gain confidence in your ability to sign with the Deaf community. This course bundle will help you understand the perspective of the hearing impaired through use of videos to demonstrate how to make signs and communicate by facial expression.

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Course code: B9830

Discover Sign Language will teach you how to sign basic phrases and complete sentences and how to put it all together, allowing you to introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way, you will learn signs for colors, numbers, locations, family, and the activities you like to do.

Discover Sign Language II will teach you how build phrases and sentences with vocabulary learned in Discover Sign Language 1, as well as learning new vocabulary. You will practice phrases and sentences by recording your own signing and uploading it for the instructor and classmates to review. You will also continue to explore Deaf culture by learning about the history of Deaf culture in the United States and technological implications on the modern-day Deaf community.

Series bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Series bundles.

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led online course
  • 48 course hours
  1. Discover Sign Language
    1. Getting Started
    2. Fingerspelling
    3. Introducing Yourself
    4. Getting to Know You
    5. Continuing the Conversation
    6. Talking About Family
    7. Extended Family and Beyond
    8. A Sign for the Times
    9. More Time on Your Hands
    10. Feelings and Traits
    11. Clothing and Hairstyle
    12. Food and Animals
  2. Discover Sign Language II
    1. Basic Introductions
    2. Asking Basic Questions
    3. Emotions
    4. Placing Food and Drink Orders
    5. Locating Objects
    6. Sports and Recreation
    7. Holidays
    8. Emergencies
    9. Jobs and Careers
    10. Weather
    11. Family
    12. Colors and Animals

Erin Trimble holds a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from William Woods University and a Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies degree from Western Oregon University. Since 2003, Trimble has been professionally interpreting across a variety of settings including education, community, and medical. She has been both a staff interpreter and a freelance interpreter.

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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

Once a course 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.

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.