American Sign Language Club for Beginners

Bilingual Bridges
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(727)
In this ongoing ASL course, students will explore a new topic each week, learn new signs, practice holding conversations in ASL, and improve their social skills. (This class is inclusive, autism, and ADHD friendly.)

Class Experience

Beginner Level
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn ASL vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills.
My name is Mark and I teach ESL, American Sign Language, literacy, and Business English to all ages. I have taught for over 12 years in public and private schools here in the state of Maine, as well as the past five years online. 

I hold an MBA in Business Administration, BS in Marketing/Management, BS in Early Childhood Education, and teaching licenses for K-12 Special Education in the state of Maine. I also am a certified Special Olympics coach and have been a Little League, YMCA basketball, and Boy Scout volunteer for the past 15 years.

My approach to teaching is student-centered, interactive, humorous, with a focus of long-term growth. I want my students to feel like each lesson is engaging, different, and a new experience for them. My background as an executive manager coupled with managing and leading thousands of employees, has helped me understand where students are now and what the best approach is to lead them to their goals. 

A random fact about me is that my grandmother taught in a one room schoolhouse here in rural Maine (included in her class were her six younger brothers).  She has been my inspiration to create that type of atmosphere in my brick and mortar and online classrooms.

We'll be a great fit if you are willing to try your best, understand that mistakes are an important part of learning, and apply your learning outside of the classroom. This is our classroom and I want you to be a partner in what our lessons look and feel like!


** MABEL ** 
I teach American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf/Hard-of-hearing students whose second language is English, ages 7-17. I have been teaching for 24 years. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Education with Specialization in Technology, a Master's in Literacy & Reading, Bachelor's in Deaf Education (K-12), Physical Education/Health (K-12), Dance (K-12), American Sign Language Interpreter, and American Sign Language Endorsement (K-12). My approach to teaching is that all children can learn, and we as teachers must meet them where they are by differentiating the instruction. What got me into teaching was wanting to help others learn wherever I can. I fell into teaching when I was in high school, helping a fellow classmate who did not understand something, and I was able to help him. A random fact about me is I love Marvel heroes/heroines, anything ASL, and I could crochet all day and be very content. We'll be a great fit if we simply take one moment at a time, stay calm, take responsibility for our actions/learning, and have fun learning.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Informal assessments will be conducted in lesson to assess mastery of lesson content.
Grades Offered
0If supplies are needed prior to a class, the teacher will post in the classroom at least 24 hours in advance. (Examples may be: paper, crayons, toys, pictures, etc)

Available times

This class is in high demand! 5 times have sold out.
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(727)
Bilingual Bridges is on a mission is to bring high-quality, language and academic instruction to the fingertips of language learners everywhere. Our doors were opened in 2017 by an Alaskan bilingual teacher, Kelly Minks, who was frustrated by the... 
Group Class


1x per week
30 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(27)
Completed by 194 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 6-10
2-7 learners per class

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