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Home Study Course in Sign Language?

By April 29, 2006

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JMPettyWed writes on the forum:
I was looking for a home study course that could teach me American Sign Language, but I do not know which would be the best one. I want a home study course because I can learn it faster than in a classroom environment and pick up lessons anytime I had the free time to do it whereever I am. It's important to me to know this because there is a need in my community, in my job and in my church. I already know the alphabet and some basic signs that can get by, but I want to be able to speak fluently instead of spelling most of the words I do not know in order to help. I work in a legal office and even though a lot of my coworkers know many other languages like Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, Japanese, French, Cantonese and German, nobody here knows sign language and I know that many of our deaf clients would benefit from someone who could properly translate for them.

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May 4, 2006 at 2:28 pm
(1) Audrey Wineglass Foster says:

I’ve just started using http://www.signingonline.com and have found it extremely helpful for my receptive and expressive skills. It’s about $50 and it’s self-paced. It’s been in existence since 2003 but I just stumbled onto it and I’m glad I did. Try it. I think you’ll be very pleased.

May 6, 2006 at 1:22 pm
(2) Sheryle Hall says:

Hello JMPettyWoods,
My husband and I are raising 3 of our grandchildren; the youngest of whom is very HoH. We are learning both the American Sign Language as well as Signing Exact English. ASL is the most widely known, used and taught for formal educational purposes but we find that conversationally many people use, at least in our area, a combination of ASL & SEE. The ASL University website is very helpful for those of us who like to self teach and it’s free unless you need some sort of documentation to fulfill educational cource requirements. I’ve recently been doing quite a bit of online searches for sign language resources and have discovered there is a wealth of help and great sites available. Just try a Google search for Sign Language Dictionary, Sign Language courses, online or video and if you have children try sign language kids videos. Hope this was helpful to you. Good luck and have fun!

May 6, 2006 at 1:28 pm
(3) Sheryle Hall says:

I noticed the website I copied and pasted didn’t show up, here it is: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/index.htm.

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