In these two, instructor-led, asynchronous courses, you will be introduced to sign language in a very hands-on, pragmatic way. In the first course you’ll learn language functions/features of mastering the ASL grammar at a basic expressive and receptive level for functional communication purposes. In the second course, you’ll obtain further study of the language with more emphasis on receptive and expressive conversational skills. Includes readings of research studies relevant to lectures. An introduction to cultural and historical aspects of ASL and the Deaf Community is also included. The first course starts January 10th and runs until March 4th. The second course starts March 7th and runs until April 30th.