Essential American Sign Language

Whether you are learning American Sign Language to communicate with your Deaf family, friends, or simply to enrich yourself by learning another language, Essential American Sign Language is the right place to start. Essential American Sign Language was created by native ASL speakers to give you the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL), from basic vocabulary and handshapes to more complex grammar and culture.

Focus on Visual Learning: Essential American Sign Language creates an online learning environment where the visual experience is the focus, using video to teach ASL vocabulary, phrases, and grammar in an easy-to-navigate thematic format.

The Importance of Deaf Culture: Culture notes teach valuable information on the Deaf community, including how to talk about Deaf people, how to get someone’s attention, the importance of space and light in ASL communication, and other cultural information that will aid in communication.

Breaking It Down: Our grammar notes explain how phrases and sentences are created out of individual signs, showing how handshapes, signing space, and non-manual signals (facial expressions, head movements, mouthing) work together in ASL.

3-Month Access

$50

3-Month Access (with e-Tutoring)

$75

  • Includes 1 Private e-Tutoring Session*

6-Month Access

$75

6-Month Access (with e-Tutoring)

$100

  • Includes 1 Private e-Tutoring Session*

1-Year Access

$100

1-Year Access (with e-Tutoring)

$125

  • Includes 1 Private e-Tutoring Session*

*Additional private e-Tutoring sessions may be purchased by course subscribers for $70 per session.