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Learning Recommendations:  Students are expected to have passed ASL 1 with a grade of a C- or better, or have completed an equivalent course from another educational institution, or score at a proficient level on the ISD standardized comprehension and cultural knowledge test.

General Description:  In ASL 2 emphasis is on expanding (1) grammatical understanding of ASL, (2) functional application of ASL, (3) vocabulary and (4) understanding and appreciation of the Deaf culture and Deaf community. To encourage and foster the development of these skills, voicing in the classroom will be avoided.

Content:  ASL 2 covers major elements of units 7-12 of Signing Naturally (2014), as well as materials used from the A Basic Course in American Sign Language (ABC ASL).  Units include vocabulary and grammatical structures relating to the topics of:

  • giving directions
  • describing others
  • making request
  • talking about family and occupations
  • attributing qualities to others
  • talking about routines
  • storytelling
  • translation practice
  • introductory interpretation

Students increase their expressive and receptive skills, increase understanding of deaf culture and history, and learn about causes and types of hearing losses.  Storytelling and narratives, as well as dialogues, are used to increase communicative competence.    

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Skill and knowledge enhancement exercises
  • Finger spelling, numbers and core vocabulary review
  • Dialogues, modeling, copy-signing and performances        
  • Cultural and grammatical readings
  • Activities and small group work
  • Required out-of-class Deaf cultural experiences


  • Fingerspelling drills
  • Video comprehension
  • Vocabulary review
  • Deaf Cultural experiences, including write-ups
  • Interpretation & translation practice
  • Additional ASL- based assignments

Tech Prep Eligible:  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 $46 annual consortium fee.

Course Fee / Materials:  Writing utensils, paper, dry erase markers, internet- connected device highly recommended.