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  • 135221 Students Enrolled

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Learn to sign in no time with over 65 practical videos. This online course covers everything from ASL grammar and vocabulary to Deaf etiquette.


What’s vibrant, visually stunning, engaging and used by around 2.5 million people? American Sign Language.

ASL is the third most-used language in the United States, after English and Spanish.

American Sign Language is a visual language, a language of movement. Following videos is the easiest way to learn to sign correctly. So we updated our ASL course to include 66+ videos for you to watch the signs and practice them as many times as you like. 

You can study this fresh, modern and easy-to-learn ASL online, in your own time, from anywhere you like.

Powerful reasons to learn sign language include:

  • Being able to interact with the 500,000 people who use ASL every day and the 2 million who have ASL as a second language

  • Communicating better with the Deaf community - your customers, colleagues, family and friends 

  • Communicating with babies who can learn to sign single words and gestures by eight months. They can express themselves before they can talk

  • Being able to get your message across if you are losing your hearing

  • Exercising your brain while learning a vibrant, expressive language

  • Learning American Sign Language can lead to incredible opportunities and open doors in your career or personal life

Learning American Sign Language with International Open Academy takes you beyond the basics. This accredited course covers:

  • humor and fun expressions 

  • ASL grammar and technique

  • loads of vocabulary 

  • Deaf etiquette

Be an impressive ASL communicator and storyteller from the get-go. Learn American Sign Language with our fun-to-study video course and start signing today.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

This course includes more than 3 hours of videos for you to see how to sign and to follow correctly. With these fun, easy-to-learn lessons, you will quickly master ASL and be able to:

  • Hold conversations, ask questions and share jokes

  • Grasp the different ways that ASL is communicated - signing, facial expressions, body movement

  • Practice signing alongside your course tutor so you will see exactly what you need to do

  • Know the most important signs to get you started

  • ASL basics such as fingerspelling, introducing yourself, getting a conversation started, and grammar

  • Discover more about Deaf etiquette so you feel comfortable in any situation

  • Understand the history and background of American Sign Language

  • Use humor and fun expressions to take you beyond basic conversations and polite small talk. Humor is also a great ice-breaker when meeting new people

By the end of the course, you will have a strong foundation to easily learn more signs and hold more-rounded conversations by studying our American Sign Language: Level 2 course.

  • Everyone. More than 5% of the world population has hearing loss, including 11 million in the USA, according to the World Health Organization. Communicate with them by learning sign language

  • Anyone who deals with the public - from shop assistants to social workers - will benefit from knowing ASL to better understand their Deaf customers and clients

  • People who work with or around Deaf people including family members, friends, colleagues and clients, and who want to help them feel included

  • Maybe you are losing your hearing and starting to feel isolated by your inability to understand and communicate as well as before. Learn sign language 

  • If someone you know is becoming hard of hearing, learn to sign alongside them

  • Students who see the benefits of learning a language used by millions of people

  • Savvy professionals seeking ways to be more visual in their speech or during presentations. Start to use body language and facial expressions as well as your voice to communicate

  • First responders or other medical professionals who need to communicate with everybody, particularly in emergencies

  • Jobseekers exploring the many careers that involve working with and assisting the Deaf community

  • Families or people working with babies can teach them to sign. Babies can communicate their needs through sign language long before they start talking

  • You, if you have an interest in different cultures

  • Students interested in interpreting in the classroom, government agencies, museums, hospitals or on TV

Reserve your place in our video course in ASL to get started with one of the most vibrant and interactive languages in America.

  • Communicate with as many as 2.5 million more people than you could before you started to learn sign language

  • Discover more about another culture within your society

  • Your knowledge and understanding of the deaf community and deaf etiquette will help all parties communicate better and feel more comfortable

  • Learning a new language looks great on your resume, regardless of whether you intend to pursue a career working with people who are deaf or hard of hearing

  • You can carry this course around with you, in your mobile or tablet, to keep referring to it when you’re out and about among the Deaf community

  • Our easy-to-learn video course enables you to pick up ASL quickly, make small talk, ask questions and understand Deaf etiquette

  • Feel confident early on in the course to have successful chats with colleagues, clients and family who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing

  • Brighten up someone’s day by being able to communicate with them in their first language, ASL

  • Whatever work you do, your ability to speak ASL will be invaluable. You can meet the needs of the Deaf community - your colleagues, clients, patients, family and friends - by engaging with them

  • Explore the many careers that involve working with the Deaf community

  • Become a translator or interpreter in many professional fields including television

  • Teachers and classroom assistants who know ASL will be a great asset to the classroom

  • ASL fluency is needed for specialized careers in health, education, and therapy

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

To receive certification, you must:

  1. Complete every page of the course
  2. Score at least 55% on the exams throughout the course
  3. That's it!

After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation

Module 1: The Basics
  • 1.1 What is ASL
  • 1.2 Alphabet
  • 1.3 Who Uses ASL
  • 1.4 A Quick History of ASL
  • 1.5 Getting Started
Module 2: Numbers, Parameters And Grammar
  • 2.1 Numbers
  • 2.2 Parameters
  • 2.3. Grammar and Structure
Module 3: Introductions
  • 3.1 Introduction Vocabulary
  • 3.2 Name Sign
  • 3.3 Deaf Etiquette
  • 3.4 Facial Expressions
Module 4: People & Places, Gender And Body Language
  • 4.1 People and Places Vocabulary
  • 4.2 Gender Distinction
  • 4.3 Using Body Language
Module 5: Conversation I
  • 5.1 Conversational Vocabulary
  • 5.2 Is ASL Universal
  • 5.3 Questions Vs. Statements
  • 5.4 Phonology in ASL
Module 6: Job & Education, Lexicalized Signs And Morphology
  • 6.1 Job/Education Vocabulary
  • 6.2 Lexicalized Signs
  • 6.3 Morphology in ASL
Module 7: Descriptions, Classifiers And Syntax
  • 7.1 Descriptions Vocabulary
  • 7.2 Classifiers
  • 7.3 ASL Syntax
Module 8: Conversation Ii
  • 8.1 Making Plans Vocabulary
  • 8.2 Number Incorporation
  • 8.3 Expressive Sentences
  • 8.4 Variations in ASL
  • 8.5 Improving Your Vocabulary

RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS

Step 1

Register

Follow the easy peasy enrollment process

Step 2

Study

Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device

Step 3

Evaluations

Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module

Step 4

Certification

Once you’ve successfully completed your course and passed the exams, you’ll receive your certification. Congratulations on your amazing achievement!

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Jackie Haig

Jackie has a Masters in Adult Education and Bachelors in Deaf Studies. Currently she is a college instructor for ASL 1 and ASL 2. She has tutored, volunteered and facilitated many workshops and families who have limited sign language knowledge or experience to become more fluent.

Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey

Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey has twenty years of teaching experience at the K-12 level.  She worked at the Maryland Schools for the Deaf in both Frederick and Columbia before returning home to her alma mater, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia.  Rhonda has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, specializing in English and American Sign Language for Deaf students, hearing students as a second language, and hearing faculty and staff.  At the post-secondary level, Rhonda is an adjunct at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Gallaudet University, and Tidewater Community College. She has also taught at Blue Ridge Community College, Towson University, Radford University, Piedmont Virginia Community College, University of Virginia, University of Louisville, and McDaniel College. 

Dr. Jennings-Arey has degrees in Deaf Education, Sign Language Education, Literacy Specialization, and Administration and Supervision in 2016 from Capella University. She obtained her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary and Adult Education. She was a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent and young adult language arts. She was the co-founder of VSDB’s ASL/English Bilingual Education Training program. She has an ASLTA certification at the Master level and endorsement in ASL instruction through the state of Virginia. She is currently certified by RID as a Certified Deaf Interpreter where she works as a freelance interpreter. She lives in Staunton, VA where she works full time as an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.  

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Jackie Haig

Jackie has a Masters in Adult Education and Bachelors in Deaf Studies. Currently she is a college instructor for ASL 1 and ASL 2. She has tutored, volunteered and facilitated many workshops and families who have limited sign language knowledge or experience to become more fluent.

Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey

Dr. Rhonda Jennings-Arey has twenty years of teaching experience at the K-12 level.  She worked at the Maryland Schools for the Deaf in both Frederick and Columbia before returning home to her alma mater, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia.  Rhonda has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, specializing in English and American Sign Language for Deaf students, hearing students as a second language, and hearing faculty and staff.  At the post-secondary level, Rhonda is an adjunct at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Gallaudet University, and Tidewater Community College. She has also taught at Blue Ridge Community College, Towson University, Radford University, Piedmont Virginia Community College, University of Virginia, University of Louisville, and McDaniel College. 

Dr. Jennings-Arey has degrees in Deaf Education, Sign Language Education, Literacy Specialization, and Administration and Supervision in 2016 from Capella University. She obtained her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary and Adult Education. She was a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent and young adult language arts. She was the co-founder of VSDB’s ASL/English Bilingual Education Training program. She has an ASLTA certification at the Master level and endorsement in ASL instruction through the state of Virginia. She is currently certified by RID as a Certified Deaf Interpreter where she works as a freelance interpreter. She lives in Staunton, VA where she works full time as an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.  

Module 1: The Basics
  • 1.1 What is ASL
  • 1.2 Alphabet
  • 1.3 Who Uses ASL
  • 1.4 A Quick History of ASL
  • 1.5 Getting Started
Module 2: Numbers, Parameters And Grammar
  • 2.1 Numbers
  • 2.2 Parameters
  • 2.3. Grammar and Structure
Module 3: Introductions
  • 3.1 Introduction Vocabulary
  • 3.2 Name Sign
  • 3.3 Deaf Etiquette
  • 3.4 Facial Expressions
Module 4: People & Places, Gender And Body Language
  • 4.1 People and Places Vocabulary
  • 4.2 Gender Distinction
  • 4.3 Using Body Language
Module 5: Conversation I
  • 5.1 Conversational Vocabulary
  • 5.2 Is ASL Universal
  • 5.3 Questions Vs. Statements
  • 5.4 Phonology in ASL
Module 6: Job & Education, Lexicalized Signs And Morphology
  • 6.1 Job/Education Vocabulary
  • 6.2 Lexicalized Signs
  • 6.3 Morphology in ASL
Module 7: Descriptions, Classifiers And Syntax
  • 7.1 Descriptions Vocabulary
  • 7.2 Classifiers
  • 7.3 ASL Syntax
Module 8: Conversation Ii
  • 8.1 Making Plans Vocabulary
  • 8.2 Number Incorporation
  • 8.3 Expressive Sentences
  • 8.4 Variations in ASL
  • 8.5 Improving Your Vocabulary

100% AUTHENTIC STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

The course was very informative and I learned a lot that’s going to help me to communicate with my friends, and family member, that I have who are deaf or hearing impaired.   Chanoris Coleman - United States

This was a great course for me to refresh and relearn Sign Language after not using it for 10 years. I’m now on my way to having better communication with my deaf father.   Temari Wilson - United States

I encounter Deaf people where I work and with this course, I’m able to talk about prices and make small talk! Kind of amazing actually.   Jude Rose - United States

I knew almost nothing before this course about sign language and now I know lots of signs, grammar, etiquette, and more. Olivia  Wahl - United States

I have a better understanding of ASL. My grandparents were both deaf and mute. One was French and the other was English so it was difficult for them to communicate and my mom had a hard time speaking to her parents. Marg Strand - Canada

I learned a lot about the culture of deaf people, and basic words to use. I can now hold a basic conversation with someone within the deaf community. I love connecting with people, and the course put me on the path to do just that. Tequila Cheatham - United States

I chose to train with IOA, because I had heard good reviews of it, and also because it is affordable! I have learned a lot about the basics and fundamentals of Sign Language. International Open Academy has given me enough knowledge to have confidence as a beginner, and to build on. Rachel Rowbottom - Canada

The information from my course helped me gain more knowledge I needed for my new job. I have experience but having more information is key. Will highly recommend to my friends and family. Looking forward to another course. Johara Lopez - Canada

Absolutely thrilled with my decision to pursue a course of training through IOA! So many amazing elements have come from my experience so far. Being able to do it at my own pace is such a huge bonus. It is challenging and fun! A good decision for anyone! Janelle Pierce

The course refreshed my memory on ASL and allowed me to practice my skills before making use of them in real life. Adil Dhanani - Canada

This course has already been a 100% total success and experience! I love this course and will sign up for more soon! Thanks for the continued encouragement! Beverly Celestain - United States

I grew up knowing some signs before I could talk but I lost a lot of it over the years. This course was a great refresher and it taught me a lot I didn't know! The video presentations were great and taught me how important facial expressions and body language are to the language! I have a better understanding of ASL now than I did before I took it. Melissa Moake - United States

The support team has helped me and even congratulated me once I finished the course which was something I wasn't expecting; but it was nice to feel like you had a friend that helped you accomplish something that you've wanted to do. Kiya Childers - United States

The course was well laid out and the instructions were made clear for easy following. Therefore, I was able to absorb all this new information in a timely manner to be successful. I now feel confident in being able to communicate positively with someone in the Deaf community. I will definitely have to continue practicing my new language, but this course has development an awareness about the Deaf community and has given me the desire to continue learning and practicing. The videos were excellent. Nadine Tataryn - Canada

I am still in the process of completing ASL, but I am really enjoying it. I took an ASL course before where the instructor who was deaf mainly showed us the alphabet and conversational movements. This course also deals with the history of ASL which is information I never knew. Thank you. Terry Kelsey - Canada

This is a solid course. I'm adopted and just reunited with a birth parent that is deaf. So needed to learn the basics as fast as humanly possible. This course was exactly what I needed. In 5 days I finished the course and knew enough to communicate and understand 80% of what is being signed. Evangeline Porter - United States

The course was very informative and I learned a lot that’s going to help me to communicate with my friends, and family member, that I have who are deaf or hearing impaired.

 

Chanoris Coleman - United States

This was a great course for me to refresh and relearn Sign Language after not using it for 10 years. I’m now on my way to having better communication with my deaf father.

 

Temari Wilson - United States

I encounter Deaf people where I work and with this course, I’m able to talk about prices and make small talk! Kind of amazing actually.

 

Jude Rose - United States

I knew almost nothing before this course about sign language and now I know lots of signs, grammar, etiquette, and more. Olivia  Wahl - United States

I have a better understanding of ASL. My grandparents were both deaf and mute. One was French and the other was English so it was difficult for them to communicate and my mom had a hard time speaking to her parents. Marg Strand - Canada

I learned a lot about the culture of deaf people, and basic words to use. I can now hold a basic conversation with someone within the deaf community. I love connecting with people, and the course put me on the path to do just that. Tequila Cheatham - United States

I chose to train with IOA, because I had heard good reviews of it, and also because it is affordable! I have learned a lot about the basics and fundamentals of Sign Language. International Open Academy has given me enough knowledge to have confidence as a beginner, and to build on. Rachel Rowbottom - Canada

The information from my course helped me gain more knowledge I needed for my new job. I have experience but having more information is key. Will highly recommend to my friends and family. Looking forward to another course. Johara Lopez - Canada

Absolutely thrilled with my decision to pursue a course of training through IOA! So many amazing elements have come from my experience so far. Being able to do it at my own pace is such a huge bonus. It is challenging and fun! A good decision for anyone! Janelle Pierce

The course refreshed my memory on ASL and allowed me to practice my skills before making use of them in real life. Adil Dhanani - Canada

This course has already been a 100% total success and experience! I love this course and will sign up for more soon! Thanks for the continued encouragement! Beverly Celestain - United States

I grew up knowing some signs before I could talk but I lost a lot of it over the years. This course was a great refresher and it taught me a lot I didn't know! The video presentations were great and taught me how important facial expressions and body language are to the language! I have a better understanding of ASL now than I did before I took it. Melissa Moake - United States

The support team has helped me and even congratulated me once I finished the course which was something I wasn't expecting; but it was nice to feel like you had a friend that helped you accomplish something that you've wanted to do. Kiya Childers - United States

The course was well laid out and the instructions were made clear for easy following. Therefore, I was able to absorb all this new information in a timely manner to be successful. I now feel confident in being able to communicate positively with someone in the Deaf community. I will definitely have to continue practicing my new language, but this course has development an awareness about the Deaf community and has given me the desire to continue learning and practicing. The videos were excellent. Nadine Tataryn - Canada

I am still in the process of completing ASL, but I am really enjoying it. I took an ASL course before where the instructor who was deaf mainly showed us the alphabet and conversational movements. This course also deals with the history of ASL which is information I never knew. Thank you. Terry Kelsey - Canada

This is a solid course. I'm adopted and just reunited with a birth parent that is deaf. So needed to learn the basics as fast as humanly possible. This course was exactly what I needed. In 5 days I finished the course and knew enough to communicate and understand 80% of what is being signed. Evangeline Porter - United States

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