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American Sign Language "Basics"

Learn how to "talk" with your hands. American Sign Language is fun and useful.
4.2 (21 ratings)
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Last updated 4/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Know introductions and basic phrases, know how to count to ten and how to fingerspell. Students will also be introduced to the Deaf World and learn a bit about Deaf Culture.
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  • Students need only to watch the videos and practice along the me. No other tools needed.

In ASL Basics you will learn the foundation to begin your journey into the Deaf World and American Sign Language. This is an introductory course designed to get you started on the right foot... or hand so to speak. Every lesson is presented in a video with practice lessons to help you review everything you've learned. The program is designed to teach you new material while continuing to review material you've already learned. This is a great first step to learning ASL .

Who is the target audience?
  • This is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). It is a beginner course, very basic. If you know nothing about ASL or have been exposed to the manual alphabet, this course if for you. If you've taken and completed a level 1 course of ASL, you should skip this course and move to the next.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:51:23
1 Lecture 03:41
Lesson 1 - ASL Pre-Test
1 Lecture 09:51
  1. Sign Language is universal.
  2. ASL is English on the Hands
  3. Sign Language is used by all deaf people.
  4. Most deaf children learn to sign at an early age.
  5. It is not nice to point when using ASL.
  6. It is very important to watch a person's hands when she is signing.
  7. Since I'm hearing, I should talk and sign at the same time.
  8. Deaf and hard of hearing are the same thing.
  9. Deaf is not politically correct, we should say, “hearing impaired.”
  10. Most deaf people can lip read.
ASL Pre-Test - Answer TRUE or FALSE
10 questions

Lesson 2 - The Manual Alphabet
2 Lectures 15:45
Lesson 2 - The Manual Alphabet

Lesson 2 Lab - Fingerspelling Practice
Lesson 3 Numbers 1-10
2 Lectures 17:00
Lesson 3 - Numbers 1-10

Lesson 3 Lab - Number Practice
Lesson 4 - Greetings and Introductions
2 Lectures 17:53
Lesson 4 - Greetings and Introductions

Lesson 4 Lab - Greetings and Introductions Practice
Lesson 5 - Colors
2 Lectures 08:10
Lesson 5 - Colors

Lesson 5 Lab - Colors Practice
Lesson 6 - Asking WHO? and WHERE?
2 Lectures 19:54
Lesson 6 - Asking WHO? and WHERE?

Lesson 6 Lab - Asking WHO and WHERE Practice.
Lesson 7 - Fingerspelling Practice
1 Lecture 12:58
Fingerspelling Practice
Lesson 8 - Deaf Culture - "Getting Attention"
1 Lecture 06:11
Lesson 8 - Deaf Culture - "Getting Attention"
0 Lectures 00:00
About the Instructor
4.2 Average rating
21 Reviews
128 Students
1 Course
Educator of American Sign Language

I'm JP Cappalonga and I'm following my passion. I love ASL, Deaf Culture, and teaching. I've been signing for over 18 years and I'm involved with my local Deaf community. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Studies from CSUN and a Master's Degree in Education from Simpson University. I teach ASL at a local high school. Come learn with me.

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