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World Languages

Getting Down With ASL: An Introductory American Sign Language FLEX Course

In this 5-week course, students will learn and practice the ASL alphabet and basic signs.
Ms. Jess
21 total reviews for this teacher
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Over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will...
- Learn the ASL alphabet and how to properly fingerspell words.
- Learn basic vocabulary involving asking questions, time, places, family, numbers, colors, money, emotions, food, animals, health, and more.
- Learn correct ASL grammar and use of negatives, sentence structure, agents, indexing, and classifie
I completed and passed three levels of ASL classes in college.  I've continued to further my ASL education with online resources.  I've also provided after school clubs and taught other online ASL courses through Outschool in the past.

**Please keep in mind** - This class is purely educational!  I am not a certified translator or licensed to provide certifications to your student for ASL.  This class is intended to share my knowledge of ASL, but is not sufficient for credit towards any ASL program your student may have in the future. I can assure you, the signs I provide are as accurate as they can be.  I learned them from deaf teachers in college and through resources which are highly recommended for learning ASL.
This is a FLEX course.  Students will need to watch per-recorded videos, practice, and complete various assignments.
- Active Practice of ASL signs learned.
- Post recordings of themselves signing.
- Receptive Practice of ASL.
- Respond to other classmates in discussion boards, both with written and video posts.
- Participate in "ASL Game" Discussions.
- Access to view PDFs (class works best if you can print them) - Ability to record videos and post in classroom.
Most assessments are visually informal.  Teacher will observe students as they sign in video practice assignments.  Feedback will be provided as needed.

Review days and review games will informally assess student progress as well.

A test will be provided at the end for students to complete.  This assessment is just for students to note what they need to continue practicing on their own after the class is over.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Please keep in mind that ASL is not signed English.  American Sign Language is a recognized foreign language.  Content will be kept at a an age appropriate level.  However, there are some signs (like signs for specific countries) that have specific origins that may appear offensive to some.  While in English, it may seem odd or not 'PC', these are the actual signs and do not have alternatives.  In the deaf community, these signs are not intended to be offensive.  One example - the sign for United States of America is to represent the 'melting pot' this country is.  For Canada, the sign is a nod to the Canadian Mounties. 

Also, keep in mind, that some signs do change over time, often because of these issues.  I will do my best to provide the most up to date and current sign.

If you ever have questions or concerns about a sign that is taught, please feel free to contact me so I can address them!
Required PDFs and videos will be provided directly in the Outschool Classroom. 
PDFs can be printed at home or used with any software you have to fill in on the computer.  If you have access to neither, your student may write their answers on regular paper they have and use the PDF on the computer as a reference. 

Sources that can further your student's learning will be provided but are entirely optional.  None of these will be affiliate links, just helpful resources!


Ms. Jess
Lives in the United States
Education is Key
21 total reviews
47 completed classes

About Me

I taught for five years in the elementary classroom and have always had a passion for learning.  I absolutely love teaching!  After the pandemic, I needed to step away from the pandemic, but I didn't want to give up teaching altogether.  Outschool... 
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