ASL University: Lessons
Teachers everywhere are welcome to use the Lifeprint curriculum to teach your in-person classes.
Please know though that small improvements and revisions are made to the lessons frequently. - Dr. Bill Vicars
► Fingerspelling Practice: http://asl.ms
► Fingerspelling http://asl.gs
► Numbers Practice: http://asl.bz
► ASL 1: Practice Cards (.doc format)
► ASL 2: Practice Cards (.doc format)
► Quizzes (Note: Check with your instructor! Different instructors use different quizzes. Dr. Vicars' students should use the quiz links from their syllabus.)
Unit 1: Lesson 1 | Lesson 2 | Lesson 3 | Lesson 4 | Lesson 5
Unit 2: Lesson 6 | Lesson 7 | Lesson 8 | Lesson 9 | Lesson 10
Unit 3: Lesson 11 | Lesson 12 | Lesson 13 | Lesson 14 | Lesson 15
Also: Basic Deaf culture, terminology, history, fingerspelling, and Numbers
Unit 4: Lesson 16 | Lesson 17 | Lesson 18 | Lesson 19 | Lesson 20
Unit 5: Lesson 21 | Lesson 22 | Lesson 23 | Lesson 24 | Lesson 25
Unit 6: Lesson 26 | Lesson 27 | |Lesson 28 | Lesson 29 | Lesson 30
Also: Additional Deaf culture, terminology, history, fingerspelling, and Numbers
Level 2 workbook (reasonably up to date)
Lessons for ASL 3 and beyond exist in various stages of completion. In general the concept is each level covers 15 lessons.
So ASL 3 consists of Lesson 31 through Lesson 45.
ASL 4 includes Lesson 46 through Lesson 60. The instructional videos are available for all of the lessons up through Lesson 60.
Practice sentences list: Level 4 Practice Sentences List [.htm] [not yet linked, for videos see: LIST]
ASL 4 Practice Cards: [ASL 4 Practice Cards (.doc)]
ASLU is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center. ASLU provides many free self-study materials, lessons, and information, as well as fee-based instructor-guided courses. Many instructors use the ASLU lessons as a free "textbook" for their local ASL classes.
ASLU has been offering online sign language instruction since 1997. The program began as an effort to support parents of Deaf children living in rural or "outlying" areas without access to sign language classes.
Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student's signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was made available separate from and in addition to the free resources. Individuals who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the various publicly available Lifeprint.com lessons for free.
ASLU was founded by Dr. William G. Vicars, Ed.D. (Also widely known as "Dr. Bill"), who is currently the program director, lead instructor, and webmaster. He holds an accredited doctorate in Deaf Studies / Deaf Education from Lamar University in Texas and is currently a full-time Associate Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at California State University - Sacramento.
("ASL University" is not affiliated with the California State University system -- CSUS is simply his day job.)
Since ASLU is mainly a curriculum resource center we are not seeking accreditation. We do not claim to prepare individuals for employment nor do we offer a degree.
While we do provide documentation for those students who register and pay tuition for ASL 1 or ASL 2, it is the student's local college or school that provides credit to the student. ASLU documentation helps the student demonstrate to local school that he or she has completed a course of study generally equivalent to that of a college or high school ASL program. This documentation indicates the amount and quality of work completed by registered tuition-paying students on transcript in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is equal to ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. ASLU does not award college credit. The student's local college or high school may award credit for participation in this program. Prior to registering and paying tuition at ASLU students should check with their local college or high school to determine if the local institution will accept the student's work in this program for credit. The ASLU transcript provides letter grades based on test scores and completed assignments.
Courses (ASL 1 and or ASL 2) are open enrollment, open completion. Each course requires approximately 75 hours to complete. Each course is designed to fit into a traditional 15-week semester-length study program but can be completed either faster or slower depending on each student's needs, abilities, and time availability. Assignments and examinations may be turned in early without penalty. Students may work as fast or slow as they would like to meet their local schedules. ASLU allows a maximum of one year to complete a course. High Schools and Colleges collaborating with ASLU may require specific schedules and due dates.
No in-person attendance is involved, but students are expected to complete a minimum of one lesson per week to be considered progressing. Upon three weeks of inactivity, students may be dropped from program.
Eligibility: To participate in the documentation program, students must be eighteen years of age or older or have permission from their parent or guardian. Students are required to read all assignments and complete required assignments and/or exams. In addition, they must be free from harmful drugs or alcohol while participating in any course-related activities.
The curriculum for this program is online at www.lifeprint.com. See the "lessons" section.
Transcripts: Letter grades will be awarded based on test scores and completed assignments. Full documentation of participation and progress will be provided upon completion of the program. Lifeprint will maintain transcripts of student work for a minimum of 360 days after completion of program. The first transcript is provided free. After which it is $10 for one transcript plus $1 for each additional copy in the same request.
Notice: ASL University is notclaiming to prepare anyone for certification or employment. To receive credit from an accredited institution you must contact that institution's registration department and make arrangements. Get it in writing. While this program is intended to fulfill college or high school foreign language entrance and exit requirements -- additional training beyond the scope of this program would be required to prepare you to be a certified sign language interpreter. Prior to interpreting for pay in most states, individuals must first become certified by passing a rigorous examination administered by a state or national organization. Certifying organizations generally charge for such examinations and there is no guarantee that you will pass.
Students who need documentation of having participated in an ASL course will need to register, pay tuition, complete a proctored final examination as well as a video project (both at a level of 70% or better), and complete other online assignments in order to pass this program. Registration is done by emailing the registration letter to Dr. Bill Vicars and paying tuition. [LINK]
ASLU Tuition and fees:
Cost per course is $483.
This fee covers signature documentation, grading, email correspondence, and related services. [LINK]
"ASL 1" at ASLU is equivalent to "High School Year 1" Language."
"ASL 2" at ASLU is equivalent to "High School Year 2 Language."
For more information see "the catalog."
Students are entitled to a full refund during the first 3 days after enrollment after which there is no refund as long as ASLU provides the student access to an appropriate curriculum which may be online, reasonable access to a qualified ASL instructor for course related questions and guidance for up to a year, reasonable access to the ASL University website or equivalent, and a qualified instructor-based evaluation of the student's expressive video and receptive final exam.
ASL University is based in Sacramento, California, (US). Dr. Vicars and other members of the ASLU instructional team are available to provide workshops and seminars world-wide to schools and organizations. Correspondence may be directed to
Dr. Bill Vicars, 8506 Everglade Dr., Sacramento CA 95826. [Additional contact info]