Signs from Heathens: ASL Introductory Class

  • 10/28/2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Signs from Heathens: ASL Introductory Class

    ASL Practice and Learn, Heathen Style!

    Come join us for American sign language practice! If you are new to ASL, right now is a great time to start. We recently started a new introductory class.

    Lifeprint - Lesson 04

    This month, we will be continuing with online lessons at The lessons are free and can be accessed anytime without the need to set up an account or password. Check out the Lifeprint Lesson for this month's word list, practice sentences, and videos:

    Why Use Lifeprint?

    "There are more than 500,000 words in the English language, but a person who masters only 250 words will recognize more than two-thirds of all words shown in television captions - provided the 250 words are those that are most frequently used."

    What if we were to apply that same concept (word frequency) to learning sign language? The main series of lessons in this curriculum make use of "word frequency" research and focus on the most common concepts and words used in everyday communication.

    They take the most frequently used concepts and translate them into their ASL equivalents and embed them into the lessons starting with the highest frequency of use language concepts. Thus the lessons are designed to help a student reach communicative competence very quickly - based on science combined with over two decades of real world teaching experience.

    The order in which content is introduced is a balance between "functions" (what you want to do or accomplish) and "language frequency" (what you most often say to others to accomplish those functions).

    Thus while some of the lessons may seem to be random, in actuality each vocabulary concept was specifically selected to expedite (speed up) the rate at which you can actually use the language for everyday communication tasks.
    - Dr. Bill