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Learning Recommendations: C- or better recommended in English class for students entering 9-12 grades.

General Description: American Sign Language 1 (ASL) introduces students to this visual/gestural language and the community of people that use it. You will learn the basic vocabulary, grammar, and culturally-appropriate uses of ASL through natural, everyday conversational situations. In order to progress, it is important that students become comfortable using their bodies and “listening” with their eyes. To encourage and foster the development of these skills, voicing in the classroom will be minimal. The overall goals of ASL I are for students to understand basic dialogues on a variety of everyday topics of conversation, and feel comfortable being able to converse in the language, as well as being aware of Deaf culture and the general rules within the community.


  • Introducing oneself
  • Talking about your family
  • Telling where you live
  • Talking about surroundings
  • Exchanging personal information
  • Telling about activities
  • Students will be introduced to a core vocabulary and a supplemental vocabulary
  • Fundamental grammatical components and sentence structures
  • Historical perspectives of ASL and the Deaf and Deaf-Blind communities.

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Skill and knowledge enhancement exercises
  • Finger spelling, numbers and core vocabulary review
  • Dialogues, modeling, copy-signing & performances
  • Cultural and grammatical readings
  • Activities and small group work


  • Fingerspelling drills
  • Video comprehension
  • Vocabulary review
  • Additional ASL- based assignments

CTE Dual Credit:  This course is CTE Dual Credit approved and articulated with Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Students who demonstrate proficiency of the college course competencies with a ‘B’ (3.0) or better grade may be eligible to earn college credit through the Tech Prep program. Students MUST register for CTE Dual Credit while they are enrolled in the high school course and also are required to pay a non-refundable $50 annual consortium fee.

Course Fee / Materials:  writing utensils, paper, internet- connected devices preferred