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About the course
What’s vibrant, visually stunning, engaging and used by around 2.5 million people? American Sign Language.
ASL is the third most-used language in the United States, after English and Spanish.
American Sign Language is a visual language, a language of movement. Following videos is the easiest way to learn to sign correctly. So we updated our ASL course to include 66+ videos for you to watch the signs and practice them as many times as you like.
You can study this fresh, modern and easy-to-learn ASL online, in your own time, from anywhere you like.
Powerful reasons to learn sign language include:
Being able to interact with the 500,000 people who use ASL every day and the 2 million who have ASL as a second language
Communicating better with the Deaf community - your customers, colleagues, family and friends
Communicating with babies who can learn to sign single words and gestures by eight months. They can express themselves before they can talk
Being able to get your message across if you are losing your hearing
Exercising your brain while learning a vibrant, expressive language
Learning American Sign Language can lead to incredible opportunities and open doors in your career or personal life
Learning American Sign Language with International Open Academy takes you beyond the basics. This accredited course covers:
humor and fun expressions
ASL grammar and technique
loads of vocabulary
Be an impressive ASL communicator and storyteller from the get-go. Learn American Sign Language with our fun-to-study video course and start signing today.
What you will learn
This course includes more than 3 hours of videos for you to see how to sign and to follow correctly. With these fun, easy-to-learn lessons, you will quickly master ASL and be able to:
Hold conversations, ask questions and share jokes
Grasp the different ways that ASL is communicated - signing, facial expressions, body movement
Practice signing alongside your course tutor so you will see exactly what you need to do
Know the most important signs to get you started
ASL basics such as fingerspelling, introducing yourself, getting a conversation started, and grammar
Discover more about Deaf etiquette so you feel comfortable in any situation
Understand the history and background of American Sign Language
Use humor and fun expressions to take you beyond basic conversations and polite small talk. Humor is also a great ice-breaker when meeting new people
By the end of the course, you will have a strong foundation to easily learn more signs and hold more-rounded conversations by studying our American Sign Language: Level 2 course.
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.
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
Who is this course for
Everyone. More than 5% of the world population has hearing loss, including 11 million in the USA, according to the World Health Organization. Communicate with them by learning sign language
Anyone who deals with the public - from shop assistants to social workers - will benefit from knowing ASL to better understand their Deaf customers and clients
People who work with or around Deaf people including family members, friends, colleagues and clients, and who want to help them feel included
Maybe you are losing your hearing and starting to feel isolated by your inability to understand and communicate as well as before. Learn sign language
If someone you know is becoming hard of hearing, learn to sign alongside them
Students who see the benefits of learning a language used by millions of people
Savvy professionals seeking ways to be more visual in their speech or during presentations. Start to use body language and facial expressions as well as your voice to communicate
First responders or other medical professionals who need to communicate with everybody, particularly in emergencies
Jobseekers exploring the many careers that involve working with and assisting the Deaf community
Families or people working with babies can teach them to sign. Babies can communicate their needs through sign language long before they start talking
You, if you have an interest in different cultures
Students interested in interpreting in the classroom, government agencies, museums, hospitals or on TV
Reserve your place in our video course in ASL to get started with one of the most vibrant and interactive languages in America.
How will it help me
Communicate with as many as 2.5 million more people than you could before you started to learn sign language
Discover more about another culture within your society
Your knowledge and understanding of the deaf community and deaf etiquette will help all parties communicate better and feel more comfortable
Learning a new language looks great on your resume, regardless of whether you intend to pursue a career working with people who are deaf or hard of hearing
You can carry this course around with you, in your mobile or tablet, to keep referring to it when you’re out and about among the Deaf community
Our easy-to-learn video course enables you to pick up ASL quickly, make small talk, ask questions and understand Deaf etiquette
Feel confident early on in the course to have successful chats with colleagues, clients and family who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing
Brighten up someone’s day by being able to communicate with them in their first language, ASL
Whatever work you do, your ability to speak ASL will be invaluable. You can meet the needs of the Deaf community - your colleagues, clients, patients, family and friends - by engaging with them
Explore the many careers that involve working with the Deaf community
Become a translator or interpreter in many professional fields including television
Teachers and classroom assistants who know ASL will be a great asset to the classroom
ASL fluency is needed for specialized careers in health, education, and therapy
To receive certification, you must:
- Complete every page of the course
- Score at least 55% on the exams throughout the course
- That's it!
After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.
All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.
CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.
International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157.
TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).
For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation