It’s Saturday, February 25, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)
This website offers free American Sign Language lessons delivered through text explanations, illustrations, photographs and animations.
The lessons were developed by William Vicars aka “Dr. Bill,” who has taught ASL for over 20 years. His series of lessons start with the most common concepts used in everyday communication and move from most frequently used to less frequently used. He suggests going through the lessons sequentially starting with Lesson 1 to reach competence quickly.
When you get to the site, don’t be discouraged by its plain look. The lessons contain illustrations and animations, etc., that liven things up. You’ll see the letters “ASLU” and directly below it is a menu of lessons from 1 to 30. Click on the lesson numbers to get started right away.
You’ll also want to take some time to explore the rest of the menu that includes:
- Free Lessons (the same lessons that are on the top horizontal menu)
- First 100 Signs
- Fingerspelling Explanation
- Fingerspelling Quizzes
~ and much more!
You’ll also notice that the site offers the free series of lessons for sale too. That may seem confusing until you read this explanation on the site:
“Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student’s signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was provided in addition to the free resources. Students who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the publicly available online lessons for free.”