Iowa School for the Deaf: ASL Distance Learning Classes
Iowa School for the Deaf American Sign Language classes have been approved by the Iowa Department of Education as World Language credit for deaf and hard of hearing students and will be open to Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students across Iowa.
ISD is moving to a semester program versus trimester. We will not start a new cohort for ASL 1 until the first semester in August 2022 – the following year. The following year of 2022 – 2023, we will have ASL 1 the first semester of 2022 and ASL 2 the second semester of 2023.
Expected ASL classes offered for the 2021-2022 school year include:
ASL 4 1st Semester Aug. 23rd, 2021 – Dec. 17th, 2021
Classes are 50 minutes, Monday to Friday. The class for the 2021-2022 school year will be from 7:40 am-8:30 am. The class schedule follows the ISD school calendar which will be provided.
Class size is limited to 12 students
The instructor uses ZOOM – a video conferencing system that allows the instructor and students to see each other, share videos, PowerPoints, and converse through a message system. Students need to have a hard-wired internet connection along with a webcam. The larger the computer screen, the better.
If needed, we will put our tech support in contact with yours to handle the full setup prior to the start of classes. As a side note, we recommend a landline connection for the class as we have found that wireless connections have been hit and miss. No audio connection is necessary, as the class will be taught in sign language.
The only costs involved are the purchase of books. All of the books can be found on Amazon.
- ASL 1
Signing Naturally Units 1-6
- ASL 2
Signing Naturally Units 7-12
- ASL 3
Signing Naturally Level 2 set
- ASL 4
Signing Naturally Level 3 set
A Journey into the Deaf World. 78-0-915035-63-2
To register, CLICK HERE to complete the registration form. The request to register must be approved by the resident school district. Once we receive the form and we have confirmation, the instructor will be in touch via email. If you have students interested in the course, please contact me, Rebecca Gaw, ISD Principal directly. I work through the summer and will be available for questions.