American Sign Language I

Course Number: 538/539

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Language Other Than English “E” Requirement. Satisfies one year of the World Language graduation requirement.

Course Description:

Students are introduced to the basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf culture. Students develop basic skills in vocabulary and grammar to meet communication needs. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of both comprehension and expressive skills via signing in front of their class, with a partner, in a small group and large group participation. Attending an ASL event is mandatory for this class.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Signing Naturally Unit 1-6 Student Workbook ISBN: 978-1-58121-210-5 with DVD or access to online video library (
  • For Hearing People Only. 4th edition. Vol 1. ISBN-13: 978-0970587602
  • GoReact Yearly Subscription

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes