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American Sign Language--Basics *Beginning November 1st*

Based on the reaction I get from this, will determine the rate the course will go.

At the end of my class, I hope for redditors to learn the basics in American Sign Language (ASL). -Alphabet -Numbers -Colors -Hand Shapes -Facial/Body Expressions -Commonly used words -Basic Sentence structure

Lectures
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Prerequisites

Be prepared to learn!

A webcam would be preferable so I can check on your progress, but it isn't necessary for the course.

Syllabus

[Classes will begin November 1st and updates will be posted once to twice a week. One assignment will be posted per week.]

Week 1 Topic: General ASL background (11/1/12)

This week there will only be one lesson, after this week there will be two lessons posted every week on Monday’s and Tuesday.

• Where did ASL originate from? (very brief background) • Lip reading vs sign • What grammar do we use? • Good hand exercises • Counting • Intro to Alphabet • Discussion 1

Week 2 Topic: Finger-spelling (11/5/12 & 11/7/12)

• Discussion 1 feedback • Common mistakes with the alphabet • Finger-spelling basics • Commonly seen “shortcuts” • Alphabet drills • Finger-spelling drills • Discussion 2

Week 3: Using your facial/body expressions to improve your conversations (11/12/12 & 11/14/12)

• Discussion 2 feedback • Finger-spelling drills • Using your “box” • How can your face/body change a conversation • Do I look at your hands or your face? • “Guess-interpreting” • Discussion 3

Week 4: Common words topic: family & colors (11/19/12 & 11/21/12)

• Discussion 3 feedback • Finger-spelling drills (this is important to build up your speed for reading) • Second lesson with be a short quiz on common words • Short story 1

Week 5: Common words topic: foods & jobs (11/26/12 & 11/28/12)

• Short story 1 answers • Finger-spelling drills • Second lesson will involve short quiz on common words. • Short story 2

There will probably be a one or two week break after week 5. I will post week 6 closer to this date. Syllabus is open for change at any point.

Additional information

Youtube videos will be used to show examples of words and facial/body expressions

I can be reached by my reddit account: Signme OR via email: asl101@ureddit.com

Teacher qualifications

I am CODA, child of a deaf adult; while this alone does not make me qualified, it does give me a necessary background.

All sibling are sign language interpreters, making my entire childhood engulfed in the deaf culture.

From age 14-19, I was a camp counselor at a camp for deaf children and taught them.

From age 16-18, I taught ASL classes at my high school.

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