VRABE Regional Adult Based Education

American Sign Language (ASL) 1 FL01b

9 Seats Available

American Sign Language (ASL) 1




9/19/2023 to 12/5/2023

Location: Instructor:
  • Jennifer Stanley

Meeting Times

  • Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


This is a beginner Full Immersion, Voice Off Class.  You will enjoy building your knowledge of ASL through communication activities including group practice, games, exercises, and dialogues.  This class is designed for all individuals, hearing, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf who want to learn how to communicate in ASL.  Classes will include vocabulary, expressive and receptive signing skills, language structure, and touch on information related to Deaf Culture. Many topics are not covered in the textbook.  Handouts and other resources will be provided.  

Course Objectives

-Recognize and produce ABC’s and basic finger spelled words.
-Demonstrate the ability to use the numbers from 1-50.
-Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate signs based on conceptually accurate signs/vocabulary in chapters studied, approximately 350 vocabulary words from the chapters.
-Create basic sentences using vocabulary learned.
-Develop basic small talk conversational strategies in ASL using interactive activities.
-Identify, and begin to apply and utilize the grammatical features of ASL (5 ASL Parameters) – Handshape, Location, Palm Orientation, Movement, and Facial Expression/Non-Manual Markers
-Become familiar with the various modes of communication used by Deaf individuals.
-Demonstrate the ability to have a basic conversation with a fluent signer. 

Learning any new language requires time and practice.

This course is 10 weeks and will cover units #1-8 from the textbook.

Purchase of the textbook is optional.  A PDF of the chapters covered will be available. Textbook: Learning American Sign Language: Levels I & II - Beginning and Intermediate (2nd edition) by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden.  The same book will be used for future classes


Additional Notes

Please Note: Monday class will not meet on October 9th.  Tuesday class will not meet on November 7th. 

This class will be held at Rockville High School in Room 129. Directional signs will be posted in the lobby of both school entrances. 


  • Class Fee $100.00
Total: $100.00

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