American Sign Language 2, Part 1 - Silicon Valley High School


Price: $125 | Credits: 5 | Dept: Languages | Course ID# 255-1

This course is the first semester of American Sign Language 2. This second year is designed for students who have completed ASL 1.  This course teaches conversation, grammar, and vocabulary.  The focus is on expressive and receptive American Sign Language and the culture of the Deaf community.  Each unit will cover vocabulary related to a specific theme and grammar concepts appropriate to level 2.  As students progress through each unit, they will build upon previously learned material and be given opportunities to strengthen their use of their expressive and receptive language skills. ASL 2 is approved by the University of California A-G as a language other than English (category E).

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.


In this module, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • A review of ASL 1, including the basics of glossing, topic/comment structure, rhetorical questions, yes/no questions, and WH-questions
  • Practice and improve fingerspelling.
  • Learn advanced vocabulary to talk about everyday subjects. 
  • Learn about comparatives and superlatives, and contrastive structure. 
  • A basic linguistics lesson on how ASL signs are constructed.
  • Learn classifiers and signs to describe large events. 
  • Review and expand on the use of inflection to show continued and repeated events. 
  • Learn vocabulary for agreeing and disagreeing, and the structure for forming conditional sentences. 
  • Practice how to use signs such as HIT, WRONG, FINISH, FRUSTRATE, FIND as conjunctions.
  • Learn vocabulary and classifiers to talk about nature, the environment, weather, seasons, and holidays. 
  • Learn to use mouth morphemes to create adverbs.
  • Learn everything you need to know to talk about travel, including vocabulary, classifiers related to transportation, and the names of countries. 
  • We will hear from a selection of Deaf travelers and learn how to talk about nationality.
  • Practice making and canceling plans.
  • Learn about idioms – a statement or saying that cannot be translated literally!
  • Study a variety of stories and narratives about ASL folklore: different genres; why it is important to ASL and the Deaf community; how it capitalizes on the visual nature of ASL; and how it reflects the Deaf experience.
  • Study how signs and classifiers are used in a variety of ways to show the eyes and everything they can do. 


This course covers the following topics:

  • Expressing Yourself
  • What Have You Been Up To?
  • Nature and Environment
  • Travel
  • ASL Storytelling