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American Sign Language 1

Location: Spanaway Lake High School - Session 1 & Session 2

Students may enroll in both sessions of American Sign Language 1 to receive 1.0 World Language credit.

This beginning American Sign Language (ASL) class is the door to a brand-new language experience! How cool to be able to express all your thoughts and dreams through your hands, face, and body! This visual language of the Deaf is fun yet challenging. An added bonus is that if you work hard and meet the articulation requirements of this first-year course, you can earn five college credits here at SHS. In class, you will learn basic vocabulary that allows you to make introductions, describe people and their pets, use numbers related to counting and lengths of time, and other basic signs. You will be able to use ASL to discuss what languages people speak, where they live, and what pets they have. You will have lots of opportunities to practice your signs with classmates to improve your skills. In addition to learning signs, you will study historical aspects of the language, explore Deaf cultural values and attitudes, and gain insight into the Deaf community so you can communicate with the deaf individuals in our nearby neighborhoods.

Credit: .5 World Language/CTE each session