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Introductory ASL: American Sign Language for Beginners

In this 16-week beginner's course, students will learn fingerspelling, numbers, sign vocabulary, basic conversation, and cultural information related to the Deaf Community.
Julayne Farmer
207 total reviews for this teacher
64 reviews for this class
Completed by 325 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 16 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Learning outcomes will include the following: 
Demonstrate the use of basic ASL vocabulary and non-manual signals, form very basic sentences and questions, and understand a bit more about Deaf culture and the Deaf community.
I grew up with a Deaf family member. I learned the basics of American Sign Language at a very young age and found it incredibly helpful as I moved through childhood and into adulthood. I could communicate with other children who were clearly frustrated that no one either could or was willing to take the time and make the effort to interact with them. As an adult, I studied American Sign Language in college so that I could better communicate with the many deaf and hearing impaired members of my community. 
Handouts will be provided for students throughout the duration of the course.
There will be classroom exercises throughout the 16-week course. I will assess each student at these times, also during games and/or quiz challenges held during class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Please be advised that pronouns and gender distinction are discussed during weeks 5 (personal pronouns), 7 (possessive pronouns) and 8 (family signs). For some, this may be a sensitive topic, depending on beliefs and ideals. Please understand that my ASL courses are inclusive of all genders and gender identities. I expect my students to give each other the utmost respect during class and refer to one another by a learner's chosen pronoun(s). Signs concerning these topics are discussed and, many times, arise in the form of questions from the students themselves. 


Julayne Farmer
Lives in the United States
Teacher, Artist, Learner, Traveller, Lover of Languages and all things Nature
207 total reviews
217 completed classes

About Me

I teach classes in geography, language, sciences and the arts. I also teach visual literacy classes which combine both creative writing and different methods of visual art (i.e. photography, illustration, painting, hand-building, etc.), novel... 
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