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American Sign Language

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  • Internationally Accredited by ICOES
  • Fully CPD/CE Certified
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  • Recommended by 95% of Students
  • 24/7 Access
  • 84499 Students Enrolled

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Give your brain a boost by learning another language and break down communication barriers between you and millions of ASL users


Did you know there are as many as 500,000 native ASL speakers? And up to 2 million who have learnt ASL as a second or subsequent language? You can be the next!

American sign language is a thriving language, separate from English, used throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa, and some other parts of the world. Learning ASL allows you to communicate with any of these people, in any situation.

There are many social, cultural and professional reasons to learn sign language, including:

  • becoming part of the ASL community. You’ll be able to reach out and connect with people who are deaf and hard of hearing either socially or professionally
  • communicating with a new friend at school, relative or neighbor who is deaf
  • learning about deaf culture and community
  • expressing yourself through body language and not just words
  • learning a language is great exercise for the brain
  • interpreting the signals between coaches and players at major sports’ events (see how they use sign rather than shouting?)

Whether you're seeking self-improvement and personal growth, work with the deaf community, or have friends or family members who are either deaf or are losing their hearing, learning American Sign Language, or ASL, can be immensely valuable to you. In addition to improving your skillset and learning a new language, you will learn how to use your body language and facial expressions to communicate, which can benefit you in every walk of life, including vocal communication.

Learning sign language is a great way to give back to your community by allowing you to communicate with deaf members of your neighborhood. It also allows you to facilitate communication in multiple fields, and can be highly beneficial for teachers, persons working in customer service and sales, and for those working with children in any capacity.

More than 5% of the world population has hearing loss, including 11 million in the USA, according to the World Health Organization. Therefore, anyone who deals with the public - from shop assistants to social workers - will benefit from knowing ASL.

You can begin now by following the demonstrations and videos in our ASL online course.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

This ASL course will walk you through the fundamentals of sign language with interactive video lessons to teach you how to begin communicating with the deaf community. You will learn the most important signs to get you started, fingerspelling, grammar, theory, and much more, so that when you complete this course, you will be able to ask questions, chat, and you will have a strong base for easily learning more signs.

Because there are several thousand signs in ASL, this course is designed to give you a strong understanding of the fundamentals you need to communicate in ASL, rather than giving you a dictionary of every sign available.

This will allow you to master what you need to begin communication, and then move on to increasing your vocabulary at your own pace.

The Basics – Learn the alphabet, numbers, fingerspelling, introductions, greetings, and names, so that you can introduce yourself, and get a conversation started.

Questions – Learn how to ask questions, how to phrase them, and how to ask about objects when you don't know the sign.

Work & Education – You will learn how to make appointments, ask the time, travel, use work titles, and much more.

Conversations – Learn how to talk about friends and family, how to use expressions to convey what you mean, how to ask questions and make statements, and how to describe actions and objects. This will allow you to have conversations about people, places, and things.

Theory – Master the fundamentals of grammar, structure, and rules to ensure that you have a good base for learning and speaking ASL.

Etiquette – You will walk away with an understanding of deaf etiquette, so that you can approach any situation as politely and appropriately as possible.

It’s not just about the signs. With ASL, you use facial expressions and body language to convey meaning.

Don't just take our word for how useful you'll find learning ASL with us. Here's what a couple of our students are saying (you can read more testimonials at the end of the page):

"The course refreshed my memory on ASL and allowed me to practice my skills before making use of them in real life."
Adil Dhanani - Canada

"I grew up knowing some signs before I could talk but I lost a lot of it over the years. This course was a great refresher and it taught me a lot I didn't know! The video presentations were great and taught me how important facial expressions and body language are to the language! I have a better understanding of ASL now than I did before I took it."
Melissa Moake - United States

"I am still in the process of completing ASL, but I am really enjoying it. I took an ASL course before where the instructor who was deaf mainly showed us the alphabet and conversational movements. This course also deals with the history of ASL which is information I never knew. Thank you."
Terry Kelsey - Canada

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to get started with American Sign Language to enhance their communication skills.

With in-depth video tutorials and lessons, explanations of theory and usage, and a format that allows you to study at your own pace, this course is designed to make learning ASL as easy and as friendly as possible. Even if you're not planning to use ASL right away, learning it can be beneficial to you, your career, and your communication skills.

This course is ideal for everyone who:

  • wants to learn a language used by millions of people
  • is looking to be more visual in their speech or during presentations
  • seeks ways to use their body language and facial expressions as well as their voice to communicate
  • interacts with the public and wants to be able to reach out to the deaf community
  • teaches and may have pupils who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • has family or friends who uses ASL
  • has ageing parents or friends who are losing their hearing and will need to learn sign
  • is getting older, feels their hearing is getting worse and wants to learn to sign
  • works as a first responder who needs to communicate with everybody, particularly in emergencies
  • has ambitions to continue their education in ASL, towards becoming fully fluent
  • is exploring the many careers that involve working with and assisting the deaf community
  • wants to be better able to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers who are deaf
  • has an interest in different cultures
  • has or interacts with young children - pre-verbal tots can communicate well through sign language
  • is interested in interpreting in the classroom, government agencies, museums, hospitals or on TV

Reserve your place in our crash course in ASL to get started with one of the most vibrant and interactive languages in America.

Learn through interactive video hosted by a licensed ASL teacher, and study at your own pace to master the signs you need to communicate with others. All of our courses are backed by a full 14-day guarantee and accredited by the International Council for Online Education Standards.

Learning ASL opens up an exciting new world of communication with people you may not have been able to interact with before. And who couldn't use more friends or contacts?

You will learn a new language which looks great on your CV, regardless of whether you intend to pursue a career working with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Our American Sign Language 1 course is a fun way to start learning. With the use of videos, you can see and then copy the signs and expressions. It is totally online which means you can learn when you want from anywhere in the world.

Our courses are accredited and you can receive a certificate showing you’ve successfully passed - and mastered - ASL1.

You will have learned more about another culture within your society. Your knowledge and understanding of the deaf community and deaf etiquette will help both parties communicate better and feel more comfortable.

You are now able to communicate with as many as 2 million more people than you could before you started to learn sign language.

After completing this course, you could:

  • Continue your education in ASL, towards becoming fully fluent
  • Explore the many careers that involve working with and assisting the deaf community
  • Be better able to communicate with deaf friends, family, and coworkers

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

To receive certification, you must:

  • Complete every page of the course
  • Pass the exams with a minimum score of 55% for each (each module includes a test based on key learning objectives in that study topic)

If you meet this criteria, your certificate of successful completion will be emailed to you immediately after you finish the course

You will also have the option to order a hard copy certificate directly from ICOES. (www.icoes.org)

This course is CPD/CE accredited. Our CPD accredited courses count towards the total of CPD hours to submit for your job role. CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

Module 1: The Basics
  • 1.1 What is ASL
  • 1.2 Alphabet
  • 1.3 Who Uses ASL
  • 1.4 A Quick History of ASL
  • 1.5 Getting Started
Module 2: Numbers, Parameters And Grammar
  • 2.1 Numbers
  • 2.2 Parameters
  • 2.3. Grammar and Structure
Module 3: Introductions
  • 3.1 Introduction Vocabulary
  • 3.2 Name Sign
  • 3.3 Deaf Etiquette
  • 3.4 Facial Expressions
Module 4: People & Places, Gender And Body Language
  • 4.1 People and Places Vocabulary
  • 4.2 Gender Distinction
  • 4.3 Using Body Language
Module 5: Conversation I
  • 5.1 Conversational Vocabulary
  • 5.2 Is ASL Universal
  • 5.3 Questions Vs. Statements
  • 5.4 Phonology in ASL
Module 6: Job & Education, Lexicalized Signs And Morphology
  • 6.1 Job/Education Vocabulary
  • 6.2 Lexicalized Signs
  • 6.3 Morphology in ASL
Module 7: Descriptions, Classifiers And Syntax
  • 7.1 Descriptions Vocabulary
  • 7.2 Classifiers
  • 7.3 ASL Syntax
Module 8: Conversation Ii
  • 8.1 Making Plans Vocabulary
  • 8.2 Number Incorporation
  • 8.3 Expressive Sentences
  • 8.4 Variations in ASL
  • 8.5 Improving Your Vocabulary

RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS

Step 1

Register

Follow the easy peasy enrollment process

Step 2

Study

Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device

Step 3

Evaluations

Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module

Step 4

Certification

Once you’ve successfully completed your course and passed the exams, you’ll receive your certification. Congratulations on your amazing achievement!

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Jackie Haig

Jackie has a Masters in Adult Education and Bachelors in Deaf Studies. Currently she is a college instructor for ASL 1 and ASL 2. She has tutored, volunteered and facilitated many workshops and families who have limited sign language knowledge or experience to become more fluent.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Jackie Haig

Jackie has a Masters in Adult Education and Bachelors in Deaf Studies. Currently she is a college instructor for ASL 1 and ASL 2. She has tutored, volunteered and facilitated many workshops and families who have limited sign language knowledge or experience to become more fluent.

Module 1: The Basics
  • 1.1 What is ASL
  • 1.2 Alphabet
  • 1.3 Who Uses ASL
  • 1.4 A Quick History of ASL
  • 1.5 Getting Started
Module 2: Numbers, Parameters And Grammar
  • 2.1 Numbers
  • 2.2 Parameters
  • 2.3. Grammar and Structure
Module 3: Introductions
  • 3.1 Introduction Vocabulary
  • 3.2 Name Sign
  • 3.3 Deaf Etiquette
  • 3.4 Facial Expressions
Module 4: People & Places, Gender And Body Language
  • 4.1 People and Places Vocabulary
  • 4.2 Gender Distinction
  • 4.3 Using Body Language
Module 5: Conversation I
  • 5.1 Conversational Vocabulary
  • 5.2 Is ASL Universal
  • 5.3 Questions Vs. Statements
  • 5.4 Phonology in ASL
Module 6: Job & Education, Lexicalized Signs And Morphology
  • 6.1 Job/Education Vocabulary
  • 6.2 Lexicalized Signs
  • 6.3 Morphology in ASL
Module 7: Descriptions, Classifiers And Syntax
  • 7.1 Descriptions Vocabulary
  • 7.2 Classifiers
  • 7.3 ASL Syntax
Module 8: Conversation Ii
  • 8.1 Making Plans Vocabulary
  • 8.2 Number Incorporation
  • 8.3 Expressive Sentences
  • 8.4 Variations in ASL
  • 8.5 Improving Your Vocabulary

100% AUTHENTIC STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

I knew almost nothing before this course about sign language and now I know lots of signs, grammar, etiquette, and more. Olivia  Wahl - United States

I have a better understanding of ASL. My grandparents were both deaf and mute. One was French and the other was English so it was difficult for them to communicate and my mom had a hard time speaking to her parents. Marg Strand - Canada

I learned a lot about the culture of deaf people, and basic words to use. I can now hold a basic conversation with someone within the deaf community. I love connecting with people, and the course put me on the path to do just that. Tequila Cheatham - United States

I chose to train with IOA, because I had heard good reviews of it, and also because it is affordable! I have learned a lot about the basics and fundamentals of Sign Language. International Open Academy has given me enough knowledge to have confidence as a beginner, and to build on. Rachel Rowbottom - Canada

The information from my course helped me gain more knowledge I needed for my new job. I have experience but having more information is key. Will highly recommend to my friends and family. Looking forward to another course. Johara Lopez - Canada

Absolutely thrilled with my decision to pursue a course of training through IOA! So many amazing elements have come from my experience so far. Being able to do it at my own pace is such a huge bonus. It is challenging and fun! A good decision for anyone! Janelle Pierce

The course refreshed my memory on ASL and allowed me to practice my skills before making use of them in real life. Adil Dhanani - Canada

This course has already been a 100% total success and experience! I love this course and will sign up for more soon! Thanks for the continued encouragement! Beverly Celestain - United States

I grew up knowing some signs before I could talk but I lost a lot of it over the years. This course was a great refresher and it taught me a lot I didn't know! The video presentations were great and taught me how important facial expressions and body language are to the language! I have a better understanding of ASL now than I did before I took it. Melissa Moake - United States

The support team has helped me and even congratulated me once I finished the course which was something I wasn't expecting; but it was nice to feel like you had friend that helped you accomplish something that you've wanted to do. Kiya Childers - United States

The course was well laid out and the instructions were made clear for easy following. Therefore, I was able to absorb all this new information in a timely manner to be successful. I now feel confident in being able to communicate positively with someone in the Deaf community. I will definitely have to continue practicing my new language, but this course has development an awareness about the Deaf community and has given me the desire to continue learning and practicing. The videos were excellent. Nadine Tataryn - Canada

I am still in the process of completing ASL, but I am really enjoying it. I took an ASL course before where the instructor who was deaf mainly showed us the alphabet and conversational movements. This course also deals with the history of ASL which is information I never knew. Thank you. Terry Kelsey - Canada

I knew almost nothing before this course about sign language and now I know lots of signs, grammar, etiquette, and more. Olivia  Wahl - United States

I have a better understanding of ASL. My grandparents were both deaf and mute. One was French and the other was English so it was difficult for them to communicate and my mom had a hard time speaking to her parents. Marg Strand - Canada

I learned a lot about the culture of deaf people, and basic words to use. I can now hold a basic conversation with someone within the deaf community. I love connecting with people, and the course put me on the path to do just that. Tequila Cheatham - United States

I chose to train with IOA, because I had heard good reviews of it, and also because it is affordable! I have learned a lot about the basics and fundamentals of Sign Language. International Open Academy has given me enough knowledge to have confidence as a beginner, and to build on. Rachel Rowbottom - Canada

The information from my course helped me gain more knowledge I needed for my new job. I have experience but having more information is key. Will highly recommend to my friends and family. Looking forward to another course. Johara Lopez - Canada

Absolutely thrilled with my decision to pursue a course of training through IOA! So many amazing elements have come from my experience so far. Being able to do it at my own pace is such a huge bonus. It is challenging and fun! A good decision for anyone! Janelle Pierce

The course refreshed my memory on ASL and allowed me to practice my skills before making use of them in real life. Adil Dhanani - Canada

This course has already been a 100% total success and experience! I love this course and will sign up for more soon! Thanks for the continued encouragement! Beverly Celestain - United States

I grew up knowing some signs before I could talk but I lost a lot of it over the years. This course was a great refresher and it taught me a lot I didn't know! The video presentations were great and taught me how important facial expressions and body language are to the language! I have a better understanding of ASL now than I did before I took it. Melissa Moake - United States

The support team has helped me and even congratulated me once I finished the course which was something I wasn't expecting; but it was nice to feel like you had friend that helped you accomplish something that you've wanted to do. Kiya Childers - United States

The course was well laid out and the instructions were made clear for easy following. Therefore, I was able to absorb all this new information in a timely manner to be successful. I now feel confident in being able to communicate positively with someone in the Deaf community. I will definitely have to continue practicing my new language, but this course has development an awareness about the Deaf community and has given me the desire to continue learning and practicing. The videos were excellent. Nadine Tataryn - Canada

I am still in the process of completing ASL, but I am really enjoying it. I took an ASL course before where the instructor who was deaf mainly showed us the alphabet and conversational movements. This course also deals with the history of ASL which is information I never knew. Thank you. Terry Kelsey - Canada

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  • Fully CPD/CE Certified
  • Instant Free PDF Certificate
  • Recommended by 95% of Students
  • 24/7 Access
  • 84499 Students Enrolled
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