Non-verbal communication is essential for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals to gain access to the world around them. This immersive course will enrich your own communication with these communities through an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). This course utilizes best practices within the field to minimize audio instruction in order to help you gain a better understanding of the deaf and hearing-impaired perspective. You will build foundational knowledge through signing letters and numbers, advance to common phrases, then use of facial expression to develop basic conversation.
In this course, you will:
- Utilize video demonstrations to master hand signs and facial expressions,
- Explore Deaf culture, lipreading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting, and
- Relate to the deaf and hearing-impaired experience through a course intentionally limited in audio instruction.