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ASL 101 Lesson Plan

Course Overview

Ten dialogs introduce over 200 new ASL signs. The dialogs in our ASL beginner course cover common phrases for greeting and departing such as "What’s up" and "See you later," expressing one’s feelings, talking about ASL, and going to a restaurant and other places. Many common ASL sentence structures are introduced during our ASL beginner course including those associated with asking questions, simple sentences, setting up the topic and following with a comment, and using negative signs. Information about the lives of people in the Deaf community is presented in ten segments that cover a look at a typical Deaf club, national organizations of the Deaf, Deaf sport, sign language interpreters, regional variations in ASL signs, closed captioning, and a joke that is popular in the Deaf community.

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Lesson Overview

Lesson Title / Theme Dialog Grammar Vocabulary Culture
Lesson 1Here We Go!Greetings. Common conversational phrases. Discussing ASL.Yes/no question. Question seeking information. Simple sentences. Facial clues.Popular conversational signs.A word about Deaf culture
Lesson 2A Word About Learning ASLQuestion/answer conversation about learning ASL.Yes/no questions. Simple sentence. Topic/comment sentence. Facial clues.Yes/no responses. Signs that express feelings.A portrait of a Deaf club
Lesson 3First step in learning ASL: PracticeSetting up an appointment to meet someone. Saying goodbye.Asking a question using a wh-word (i.e., WHEN). Topic/comment sentence. Placement of signs for time. Saying goodbye.Number. Signs for time and departing. Directional verb-sign.Deaf sports
Lesson 4Making conversationFormal manner for greeting. Common conversational phrases.Simple sentence. Yes/no question. Question seeking information.Directional verb-sign. Courtesy signs.National Organizations of the Deaf
Lesson 5Ending the conversationInquiring about someone’s feelings.Facial clues. Yes/no question. Question seeking information. Topic/comment. Simple sentenceSigns that express feelings.A Deaf joke: The Deaf bank robber.
Lesson 6Putting a face on your signsQuestion/answer conversation about feelings.Facial clues. Simple sentence.More signs related to feelings.Face values (Importance of facial expressions)
Lesson 7Meeting someoneCasual start-up conversation when people meet.Simple sentence. Topic/comment sentence.Signs related to greeting someone when late. More courtesy signs.Sign language interpreters
Lesson 8Making plans to do somethingPlanning to go out to eat.Simple sentence. Topic/question structure.Common fast food restaurant. Signs related to eating.Regional variations in signs
Lesson 9Changing plansChanging plans after getting lost going someplace.Negation. Simple sentence. Topic/comment.Negative sign (NOT). Food signs.Insights into ASL
Lesson 10Going placesConversation about going places.Simple sentence. Starting a conversation with WHAT-DO sign.Signs associated with places to go.Closed captioning

Lesson Organization

Each lesson is based on seven easy steps:

  1. Learning the Signs
    There is a dialog between two people in each lesson. You are shown how to sign each ASL sign used in the dialog.
  2. Creating Sentences
    Each dialog is separated into sentences. A clear description is given of how the sentences are translated from English to ASL. You are shown how to sign each sentence.
  3. The Complete Dialog
    You watch and practice a dialog between two Deaf signers.
  4. Additional Signs
    Each lesson has additional signs for you to learn that are not in the dialog.
  5. Practice Activities
    Practice activities help you exercise your new knowledge of ASL. You translate English sentences to ASL. After you have done this, a single click shows you one way for the signing the sentence in ASL.
  6. Quiz
    Take the quiz to find out if you are ready to move on to the next lesson.
  7. Culture Information
    Each lesson ends with information about Deaf people and the way they live. This section provides insight and motivation for helping you learn ASL.

Final Exam and Certificate

After completion of the lessons, you can take the final exam for the course to test your newly learned ASL knowledge. Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will earn a certificate of completion. The certificate is available online in digital form. You can print the Signing Online certificate to mark your accomplishment.

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