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]
___ Discussion topic: Review and discuss: TALK-WITH [INTERVIEW]
___ Discussion topic: Classifier: 1
___ Discussion topic: SELF
___ I am able to recognize and sign the practice sentences and story for this lesson
___ I have taken the Lesson 15 Quiz
___ I have taken the general practice quiz for this lesson. See: PRACTICE QUIZZES
___ I am done with Lesson 15
MAJOR-[profession, main, line of work]
SELF-[think-self, myself, yourself, himself, themselves, who-is, his-own, your-own]
Review and discuss: TALK-WITH, HOW-MUCH
Practice sheet 15.A
01. YOUR MAJOR WHAT? (What are you majoring in?)
02. YOUR TEACHER HAVE AIDE? (Does you teacher have an aide?)
03. YOU USE BABYSITTER? (Do you use a babysitter?)
04. YOUR BOSS NAME? (What is your boss's name?)
05. YOU LIKE COOK? (Do you like to cook?)
Practice sheet 15.B
06. YOUR GRANDPA FARMER? (Is your grandpa a farmer? / Was your grandpa a farmer?)
07. PAST-[long-ago] YOURSELF LITTLE-GIRL/BOY WANT GROW-UP FUTURE DO-what? (When you were a little girl/boy what did you want to be?)
08. SUPPOSE YOUR DAD DIVORCE, MARRY NEW WOMAN, SHE YOUR WHAT? (If your dad were divorced and re-married, what relationship would the new wife be to you?)
09. YOUR FAMILY ANY LIBRARY+PERSON? (Is anyone in your family a librarian?)
10. YOUR NEIGHBOR NAME, WHAT? (What is your neighbor's name?)
Practice sheet 15.C
11. PICTURE YOUR FAMILY YOU HAVE? (Do you have a picture of your family?)
12. U-S, PRESIDENT, WHO? (Who is president of the United States?)
13. STEPFATHER, what-MEANING? (What does the sign "stepfather" mean?)
14. BROTHER-IN-LAW YOU HAVE, HOW-MANY? (How-many brothers-in-law do you have?)
15. WAITRESS, YOU SHOULD TIP HOW-MUCH? (How much should you tip a waitress?)
Practice sheet 15.D
16. NEWSPAPER, YOU LIKE READ? (Do you like to read the newspaper?)
17. COMPUTER PROGRAM YOU USE, WHICH? (Which computer program or programs do you use?)
18. YOU WISH YOURSELF HAVE SECRETARY (Do you wish you had your own secretary?)
19. HOW SIGN S-C-I-E-N-T-I-S-T? (What is the sign for "scientist?")
20. POLICE he/she-HELP-you BEFORE HOW? (How have you been helped by a police officer?)
MY STEPFATHER PRESIDENT HIMSELF COMPANY-(#C-O) SMALL, SELL COMPUTER PROGRAM. MOM HERSELF-(sign toward the left side) PROGRAMMER. SHE-(mom) WRITE. HE-(dad) SELL. THEY-TWO WORK TOGETHER SEVEN-YEARS, GOOD! I TWO BROTHER. ("THIS ONE"-point to the tip of the left index finger of the left "two hand" held horizontally) FIREMAN. ("THIS ONE"-point to the tip of the left middle finger on the left two hand held horizontally.) POLICEMAN. ME (Point to the tip of the left ring finger on the left "six hand" held horizontally) SCIENTIST ME. ("THIS ONE"-point to the tip of the left pinkie finger on the left four hand held horizontally. Keep the left hand in a four handshape and use that as the base for the sign "sister.") SISTER LIBRARIAN.
Consider the sentence: "YOUR BOSS NAME?"
In English this might be translated as, "What is your boss's name?"
This sentence requires an answer beyond “yes/no.” It requires a “name.” since it is not a “yes no” question it is therefore a wh question because it implies the “WH” as in “What” is your bosses name? Even though we don’t sign the “What” explicitly, it is there in our facial expression. The facial expression for a "Wh" question is to furrow your eyebrows a bit. (In thinking of a way to describe the facial grammar for "Wh questions" I would compare it to what a person looks like when he or she is trying to get a better look at something. Their head actually moves forward on the neck about an inch and they squint their eyes a bit.)
The sentence: "YOU LIKE COOK?"
Do you like to cook?
This sentence requires a "yes/no" answer. The concept of "do" is not "signed" but is expressed via facial expressions as raised eyebrows. The head tilts forward just a tad.
Signing notes: The sign "print" can be used to mean, "print your name." When done with a double movement it can mean newspaper or "computer printer."
If you are talking about a person who works as a printer you should add the "agent" sign to print, (PRINT-AGENT).
Cultural note: If two deaf people chatting in the hall and you need get through--just walk through DON’T hesitate at all. If you slow down or hesitate it will be more distracting than if you just keep going. Of course, use common sense, if the passageway is narrow you might need to slow down just to avoid tripping, but the point is that you don't become a distraction. You don't need to sign "excuse me." Don't duck. Just walk through at a steady pace.
Review and discuss: TALK-WITH [INTERVIEW]
For a practice quiz, visit: Lesson 15 Practice Quiz
Check with your instructor or your syllabus regarding any graded quizzes for this lesson.