I had originally planned on doing one post this week with the history and other variations of sign language as well as my learning of the language, but that ended up being one very long post so I decided to split it up into two. To read about the history, see this post. If you are looking for my progress in learning ASL and the resources I have used this week, this is the post for you!
Last week I had found this other site that I wanted to try out to help me learn ASL. So far, I think this is the best site to check out if you are interested in learning more than just the language. I decided to try Lesson 1 and found that the lessons are structured closer to the language classes that I have come to expect. This first lesson’s video teaches you how to ask “wh-” and “yes/no” questions, say what your name is, and begins to emphasize the importance of facial expressions at times.
I did struggle with the memorization while following along a little bit. For myself, I found that verbally saying the words or phrases I was signing helped me to get them to “stick”.
What I like most about this site is that it has a list of “I can” statements for each lesson. As a teacher in training who has had practice creating lesson plans, I have seen the value in having these “I can” statements available for students, worded in a way that they can understand and check themselves if they have learned the desired outcomes and indicators.
As you can see from the list of “I can” statements, this site goes more into the culture of ASL. I really appreciate the inclusion of this information in the lesson because there is so much more to a language than the language itself. I browsed through the other lessons and noticed that they almost all have a bit of a culture piece associated with them. I enjoyed being able to read these while I was working on my history of ASL post
Here is a video of some of my progress I made by watching the video for Lesson 1 on Lifeprint.com! You’ll notice that I need to practice a few of these a bit more before I become really confident with them but I hope you enjoy!