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American Sign Language


About the teacher:  Thia Sandefur

When Thia was fifteen, she started at St. Petersburg College (SPC) in the dual enrollment program.  She took sign language as her required second language course and fell in love.  She worked her way through the sign language interpreting program and in 2017, her Deaf professor Sam Harris awarded her Outstanding ASL Student of the Year.  Thia is not only a skilled signer, she is involved in the Deaf community as well.  She has volunteered to help tutor Deaf kids and accompanied field trips with the Family Center on Deafness.  She is now a student at the only Deaf college in the world, Gallaudet University, pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Interpretation.

Class Descriptions

ASL 1:  Beginner American Sign Language.

ASL 1: Students will learn signs that will allow them to participate in basic signing conversations. In addition to learning signs, students will learn the history of Deaf culture and etiquette when conversing with a Deaf person. There will be a Deaf guest who will share his/her experience and sign with the students. This class gives you 1 of 2 of the second language credits needed to graduate high school. The second language you take must be the same for both credits. Eighth graders are allowed to count this course for their high school requirements as well. ASL is the 3rd most used language in the US other than English, and its’ popularity at colleges continues to rise. Most students find ASL easier to learn because they do not struggle with the accent/auditory. 

ASL 2:  Intermediate American Sign Language. (Prerequisite: ASL 1)

In ASL 2, students will build upon the skills they learned in ASL 1 by increasing their signing vocabulary; practicing their perceptive skills (seeing a sign and knowing what it means); and using their receptive skills with more “hands up” assignments.  Students will learn more about Deaf culture and the Deaf community through their homework.  They will have the opportunity to converse with a Deaf person and hear about their personal experiences in the Deaf world! 

ASL 3: Advanced American Sign Language

In this ASL 3 course, students will be expected to put in the effort to learn above and beyond what is required for their second language credit.  This course is designed for students who have an interest in ASL; either as a possible future career or just out of the love of learning it!  The students will learn more signs to allow them to converse at a higher level and do more assignments where they get their hands up!

Here is a little more info on the class that she’s been getting questions about:
  • You can buy the course and finish the course whenever.  There is no deadline to complete the course.
  • The course is designed to have 1 lesson per week with 16 weeks in the Fall and 16 in the Spring (but it’s a self paced course so they can do it however the like!)
  • The homework assignments come in multiple formats- in some the students watch a video of me signing and have to write down what I say, in others they make a video of themselves signing.  There are homework assignments for almost every lesson but they will not take more than 15 minutes to complete.  The point of the homework is just for them to make sure they understood the lesson.
  • There are no “quizzes”, just homework assignments.  There are only 2 tests.  The tests are done via video chat with me and the student.
  • There are grades given for every assignment.  The assignments are able to be completed multiple times- so if you student submits a homework assignment and get a question incorrect- they can retake it.  My goal is for them to not focus on the grade but to focus on learning the language.  If they submit a video assignment and mess up a sign or two, they will still get 100% as long as I can tell they were trying their best.
  • There are monthly help sessions done via group video chat where the students can join and ask any questions they might have.

ASL 1

June 1, 2018 – May 13, 2019

With Thia Sandefur
Online “Virtual Classroom”

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ASL 3

June 1, 2018 – May 13, 2019
With Thia Sandefur
Online “Virtual Classroom”

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ASL 2

June 1, 2018 – May 13, 2019
With Thia Sandefur
Online “Virtual Classroom”

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