This course is designed for high school students aged 15-18 with no previous exposure to American Sign Language (ASL). The immersion approach is used to teach beginner level vocabulary and grammar; all of our teachers are native signers who use a signing-only environment with no spoken English. Surrounded by peers your own age, 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.
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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 is offered 100% online.
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.