Oklahoma School for the Deaf Offers Self-Paced American Sign Language On-Line Courses for Free

KOKH - February 14, 2024 6:39 am

Oklahoma School for the Deaf (OSD) is offering free online courses for anyone who wants to learn American Sign Language (ASL).

OSD reported that last year, 452,934 people from the United States and more than 30 other countries participated in OSD’s self-paced ASL I or advanced ASL II classes.

The courses have eight pre-recorded lessons taught by Jolene Reed, an OSD teacher who is deaf.

To help students become naturally immersed in ASL, Reed presents videos with no audio or voice, and signs and points to words and phrases on a slideshow using a cursor to help students follow along.

Students complete eight lessons per course and have quizzes after each lesson.

The courses are self-paced, which allows participants to take classes at convenient times and review the lessons as many times as needed.

“These sign language online classes are awesome opportunities to build a strong foundation for communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals,” Reed said. “You’ll gain knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and contextual meanings in American Sign Language and deaf culture. This can serve as a bridge between the deaf world and the hearing world.”

OSD is asking participants to consider donating to the OSD Foundation online here to ‘help share expenses for our free training.’

For more information about the classes, visit here.

 

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