Sign Language Beginner 1

This course is designed for those with no previous exposure to American Sign Language (ASL). The immersion approach is used to teach beginner level vocabulary and grammar. You will learn how to introduce yourself, discuss leisure activities and learn about deaf culture. By the end of this class you should be able to engage in simple conversations.  This course covers Units 1 and 2 of Signing Naturally 1-6.

Click here for a detailed course outline.

Note: This course requires the purchase of the textbook Signing Naturally 1-6, which is used for Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Lower Intermediate and Intermediate levels. Students can order this book from the UBC Bookstore.

This course can be applied to the UBC Award of Achievement in American Sign Language (ASL).

Course Format

This course is offered in two formats: 100% online or in-class.

Please read our answers to frequently asked questions about UBC Extended Learning’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for more information on how we are temporarily changing how we are offering courses and programs.

About Online Learning
Our online conversational language courses offer you a real-time virtual classroom experience where you can see and interact with your teacher and classmates. Each week, you log in at a set time to your class using our intuitive learning management platform, Canvas. Through Canvas, you access Zoom, a web conferencing app, for your live class. Just like in a classroom, you do individual, pair and group work, ask questions and receive verbal feedback from your instructor.

Outside of class time, you can access handouts and other materials online at your own pace and rhythm. You might be doing readings or watching videos to prepare for your next class, or practising with the material you have learned in your previous class. You do get out what you put in.

In order for a virtual classroom to be successful, we want to see your faces! Please be prepared to participate with your video turned on. We provide virtual drop-in sessions for you to test out the Zoom app before your first day of class.  We will also send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your course begins.

Learn more about online learning at UBC Extended Learning.

Available Sessions

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Sep 21-Nov 23, 2020 | Online | $400.00

Format: Online
Code: DS010F20D
Offered: On Mon
Sep 21-Nov 23, 2020
No class October 12, 2020
9 sessions
From: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

1nstructor: Arlene Brenner, Kevin Ettinger


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Sep 22-Oct 20, 2020 | Online | $400.00

Format: Online
Code: DS010F20K
Offered: On Tue Thu
Sep 22-Oct 20, 2020
9 sessions
From: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

1nstructor: Sandra Fennings


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Sep 23-Nov 25, 2020 | Online | $400.00

Format: Online
Code: DS010F20G
Offered: On Wed
Sep 23-Nov 25, 2020
No class November 11, 2020
9 sessions
From: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

1nstructor: Arlene Brenner


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We are sorry, but this course is currently full.
Jan 16-Mar 20, 2021 | Online | $370.00

Format: Online
Code: DS010W21Y
Offered: On Sat
Jan 16-Mar 20, 2021
No class February 13, 2021
9 sessions
From: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Jan 18-Mar 22, 2021 | Online | $370.00

Format: Online
Code: DS010W21D
Offered: On Mon
Jan 18-Mar 22, 2021
No class February 15, 2021.
9 sessions
From: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

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Jan 20-Mar 17, 2021 | Online | $370.00

Format: Online
Code: DS010W21G
Offered: On Wed
Jan 20-Mar 17, 2021
9 sessions
From: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

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