Discover Sign Language

Discover Sign Language

Embark on a journey to master the art of American Sign Language (ASL) and unlock the power of communication with the help of our comprehensive program!

In this sign language course, you will learn to skillfully fingerspell, master an array of signs, and confidently engage in conversations using phrases and full sentences. Silent instructional videos throughout the sign language training course provide an immersion in the Deaf experience to showcase proper sign techniques, highlight the importance of facial expressions, and develop fluency for meaningful conversations in this elegant and expressive language.

Whether you are interested in learning sign language for personal or professional reasons, our course is perfectly designed to provide a convenient and effective way to achieve your goals. Learn sign language online today!

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs

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Details

Discover the graceful and expressive language of sign language and learn to communicate with anyone, anywhere, just by using your hands! With this American Sign Language (ASL) course, you can unlock this rewarding ability and master communicating with Deaf people.

Throughout your online sign language training course, you will learn to fingerspell the alphabet, sign colors, numbers, objects, and family members. You will acquire a wide range of useful, everyday vocabulary that will enable you to engage in meaningful conversations with members of the Deaf community. Using video demonstrations, you will understand how to form correct signs and incorporate facial expressions to communicate beautifully in sign language.

Explore the history and usage of American Sign Language (ASL) and how to navigate the culture and social customs of the Deaf community. By the end of this sign language course, you will be confident and ready to participate in a conversation using the power of sign language.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 Weeks Access Course Code: dsl
Start Dates*Feb 14 | Mar 13 | Apr 17 | May 15
*Choose start date in cart
$159.00 USD
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9232
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$159.00 USD

Syllabus

What is sign language? Is it a real language? How did it develop? In this lesson, you'll discover what sign language is and who uses it. You'll also learn about the impact Deaf people have made on us as we embrace sign language. We'll discuss its use in America, and you'll begin learning this language as you learn to sign numbers 0 to 15. 

Master your ABCs as you learn how to fingerspell the alphabet. You will discover how double letters are made when they're inside a word and how they're signed when they fall at the beginning and end of words. You will also learn tips on how to read fingerspelling.

How do you do? Through this lesson, you'll take the first steps toward having a conversation as you learn how to introduce yourself. In addition to learning the basic signs for this kind of interaction, you'll also gain some more strategies for learning and understanding new signs, including the four aspects that make up each sign. While you add these skills to your signing toolbox, you'll also learn more about the Deaf community, including what Deaf people expect to learn about you when you meet for the first time, and the role facial expression plays in sign language. 

Next, you'll build on the introduction you learned in the last lesson and see how to keep the conversation going. You'll explore the different customs of conversation in the Deaf community, such as how to know when one person is finished talking and how to take turns. In addition, we'll continue to navigate through your introduction by adding more information about yourself. Finally, you'll gain some additional vocabulary as you learn the signs for colors and numbers 16 to 30.

In this lesson, you'll learn more signs to help you continue the conversation you started in the two previous lessons. You'll learn about the cherished custom Deaf people have of giving name signs so you'll understand what to call yourself, your city, and your state. You'll also gain more vocabulary about objects in your living environment. You'll learn to sign the types of dwellings people live in and modes of transportation. In addition, you'll add to your knowledge of numbers by mastering the signs for numbers 31 to 66. We'll end with a discussion about an important issue in the Deaf community: whether deafness is considered a disability.

Signing becomes a family affair as you learn signs for family members. You'll understand how sign language categorizes the signs for gender, and we'll discuss communication in families with a Deaf person. This includes lipreading and other communication strategies. We'll end by learning the signs for numbers 67 to 100.

In this lesson, you'll learn signs for extended family members. You'll also learn signs to describe how you're related to them. We'll put together longer sentences to practice using your new vocabulary. You'll be introduced to number systems beginning with age and telling how old family members are. We'll discuss Black signs ―the sign language of a subculture within Deaf culture.

What time is it? In this lesson, you'll discover how to tell time as well as sign the days of the week and other time periods such as minutes and hours. We'll discuss how spoken languages handle past, present, and future tenses, and then examine how sign language does this. Finally, we'll discover the impact the "Deaf President Now" movement had on the lives of Deaf people and our society.

This lesson teaches signs for additional time frames such as yesterday, today, and tomorrow. You will learn signs for indoor and outdoor activities. Then, you will learn signs for your opinion, so you can explain which activities you like and don't like. You will also learn about CODAs—a group of hearing people unique to the Deaf community.

Now it's time to learn the signs for feelings and personality traits, and you'll combine these signs with signs learned in previous lessons. You'll see how to communicate how you're doing, how to ask how others are doing, and how to describe different personal attributes. You'll also learn more about Deaf culture—this time, about physical contact and getting the attention of a Deaf person both nearby and across the room. Finally, you'll gain tips for practicing your signs.

In the final lesson, you'll learn signs for clothing and hairstyles, such as jacket and long hair, and we'll combine these with signs from other lessons. You'll learn about classifiers and how to use them with patterns such as stripes. Then you'll learn signs for descriptions such as mustache and beard. You'll also explore the last of our issues of Deaf culture: teaching hearing babies to sign.

We conclude the course with a lesson that will equip you to wish a friend happy birthday, offer a birthday treat, and talk about your favorite animal. You'll start by learning to sign the months of the year and how to say, "Happy birthday!" You'll also learn signs for food and animals. We'll finish by exploring how English is translated into sign language, and you'll get an introduction to the role of the professional sign language interpreter. You'll even get some tips on using an interpreter with a Deaf person.

Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are 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.

Instructor

Erin Trimble

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.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Reviews

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!