Learn American Sign Language Online with ASL 1

FLVS is now enrolling students in American Sign Language 1 for the 2019-20 school year!

Used by parents, professionals, athletes, public speakers, and others in various industries, American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the most popular language classes in colleges and universities.  Learning ASL offers several benefits and marketable skills – from making you a better communicator to improving abstract thinking and hand/eye coordination.

As a full-credit elective, the course also counts as a world language credit for high school students. Explore cool features found in our new American Sign Language course below!

More Than 800 Videos

Media clips are used to teach sign vocabulary and phrases through engaging dialogue.

A Media Gallery

Easy access is provided to a video-based dictionary that includes signs and a custom fingerspelling tool.

Video Practice Tool

Students can record themselves to compare to examples in the course.

Practice and More Practice!

Practice opportunities are embedded throughout the lessons to improve retention.

Ways to Explore Deaf Culture

Students study how language reflects characteristics of culture.

Since culture and language are intertwined, ASL students explore connections and make comparisons within the greater sign language community – while also developing skills in interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive communication. Because ASL is a visual/gestural language that has no vocal component, students will use video communication to complete discussion-based assessments (DBAs) with teachers.

Interested in learning ASL online? Enroll in the American Signage Language 1 course today for a start date as early as August 2019.

Learn more at www.flvs.net/asl.


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Post by Suzanne Maurer, FLVS Curriculum Specialist



29 comments on “Learn American Sign Language Online with ASL 1

  1. Marta Zayas

    I wish this were free to Florida teachers as well. I would love to take a course such as this one.

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Laci! Middle school students who are ready for the material are encouraged to consider taking ASL for high school credit!

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    2. Jaida D.

      Is this available for FLVS Flex students too cause I love to learn this language to talk to people I meet who use sign language.

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  2. Marta Zayas

    Could we have a free class for all teachers? It would be such a public service to the community.

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Shayla! The course includes 7 modules (similar to units with individual lessons). Each module includes a pretest, 4 lesson-level quizzes, module exam, discussion-based assessment, and a workshop. Hope this helps!

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Ashlee! Our ASL 1 course counts as a high school language credit, even if you take it before high school. If you took a course at your local school, we recommend checking with a counselor or staff there to see if the same applies for the course you have already taken.

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  3. Cynthia Newton

    I want to sign my 9th grader up for this and would like her to get High School Credit. She is taking classes at an Academy not currently a FLVS Student, but was last year for Spanish. What are the steps for me to sign her up ?
    And, when is the deadline?

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      With FLVS Flex, you can enroll year-round and start anytime! For students who take a course in addition to classes at their regular school, a counselor or administrator at her current school will need to approve the course after you enroll. Visit http://www.flvs.net/flex to learn more.

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Leira. This depends on your county, so we recommend checking with your local district. However, you can always take the course through FLVS even if you take other classes with your county!

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  4. Evan

    Why can’t 12th graders take ASL?? That really isn’t fair. I have always wanted to take American Sign Language but it says that the course is only available to 9-11th graders that makes no sense and I’m really upset that I can’t take this course.

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Evan. We truly apologize for the inconvenience and understand your disappointment! Due to the overwhelming popularity of this new course, we are currently at capacity and do not have space available for fall 2019. At this time, students currently enrolled in high school and in need of a two-year world language requirement have been prioritized for placement for spring. As more seats become available, we will continue to place students beyond those who currently need to fulfill the world language requirement.

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  5. Josseline

    Hi, do you happen to know when the sign language 1 course will be available? My verification for the class is complete and I’m kind of worried because it tells me that I have to wait for classroom availability and I don’t fully understand what that means.

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Josseline. This status is based on teacher and course availability. Due to the popularity of this course, there may be an enrollment delay. At this time, students currently enrolled in high school and in need of a two-year world language requirement have been prioritized to be placed in ASL for spring 2020. This will depend upon your grade level and when you initially signed up for the course. If you send us an email at info@flvs.net, we can check into your course enrollment status.

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  6. Tamara

    Hi, I’m a 9th grader trying to sign up for asl in myflvs and it’s saying that that specific course isn’t available in my county (Hillsborough). Do you have any information on when it will be accessible to us?

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    1. Marissa DraegerFLVS

      Hi Tamara! At this time, students currently enrolled in high school and in need of a two-year world language requirement have been prioritized to be placed in ASL for spring 2020.

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