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Introductory ASL: American Sign Language for Beginners

Julayne Farmer
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In this 16-week beginner's course, students will learn fingerspelling, numbers, sign vocabulary, basic conversation, and cultural information related to the Deaf Community.

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. 
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Details: 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.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Grades can be given upon request. This class is and has always been Pass/Fail, however I understand a parent's need for grades and I do keep track of each individual student's work and progress. Grades are largely based on class participation, attendance and performance on the final test.
Handouts will be provided for students throughout the duration of the course.
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. 
Joined July, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
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... 
Group Class


weekly or $288 for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
55 min

Completed by 483 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
6-12 learners per class

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