When you start any new language, you want to start conversing right away! Unlike other languages, when English-speaking students start learning American Sign Language, they are fingerspelling within the first few weeks so there’s no delay in communicating in the new target language. Once students have the basics of letters and numbers mastered, they move on to the five sign parameters: handshape, palm orientation, location, movement, and facial expressions. Like all languages, students also learn parts of speech and sentence word order and types. Learning happens in cultural context as students explore the history and physiology of deafness as well as deaf culture, including discrimination experienced by the hard of hearing.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
"Taking Beginning Sign Language Online has been absolutely amazing for me. Not only do I get to learn a new language, but I have fun along the day. The work is appropriately challenging and I am excited for the rest of the course."
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
This course is approved by the NCAA.
One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025; we are an approved online publisher for the University of California.
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