PO Box 2120 Richmond, VA 23218

24852 American Sign Language I

This course provides an introduction to the basic skills in production and comprehension of American Sign Language (ASL). The course focuses on the alphabet, numbers, fingerspelling, vocabulary, and grammar which will lead to increased communicative and cultural proficiency in ASL. The culture, history, current events, and traditions of the deaf community are introduced through selected readings, visual recordings, and other authentic materials. Each student should be able to carry on a short conversation with another student by the end of the course. Also, students will develop the practical skills and knowledge necessary for basic interactions within the deaf community.

Note: Prior experience in American Sign Language is not required for enrollment in this course.

This course aligns with the Virginia Department of Education’s Framework for Instruction in American Sign Language in Virginia’s Public Schools.


  • Enrollment in grades 6–12 (required)

Course Texts and Materials

  • All resources are provided within the course.

Terms Offered

Offered in two half-credit semesters:

  • 24852 American Sign Language I Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
    • Summer Session, Semester 1 (first 3 weeks)
  • 24852 American Sign Language I Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
    • Summer Session, Semester 2 (second 3 weeks)
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