American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 1 is an online class for high school students who want to learn American Sign Language. ASL is a unique foreign language that is used in the deaf and hearing impaired community as well as in many other ways. Parents use ASL with their pre-verbal children, in order to communicate effectively and it is used vocationally in jobs like scuba diving!
Students in this course will learn about the history of ASL, learn to sign with more than just their hands, Finger-spell as well as develop a large signing vocabulary, which will include:
- Days of the week
- Question words
- Family words
- Singing in Sign, including hymns and other church songs
Each class will be a fun mix of lecture, modeling, and learining through games, songs, and stories.
ASL is a beautiful language and will give students the ability to learn a Foreign Language in a non-threatening way. ASL is the 6th most common Forieign Language in the United States. Furthermore, ASL helps people communicate in an expressive way, and is a great way to teach babies to communicate at an earlier age. ASL students have higher reading scores, have increased spatial reasoning abilites, and has been shown to have long term cognitive reaonsing and IQ benefits! Learning ASL increases students over interpersonal (soft) skills!
Grades for ASL 1 determined by: class participation, outside class readings(short), assessments, and the semester projects.
Required Materials: 500 Flash Cards of American Sign Language