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American Sign Language: Level 2


Expand upon your current American Sign Language skills and apply them to real life situations in a more sophisticated and fluent way.

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If you’ve already completed our introductory course in American Sign Language, then this is the next step in your ASL education. This ASL Level 2 course is designed to continue your skill development in expressive signing. Building on previous knowledge of the ASL alphabet, facial expression, body language, syntax, and basic vocabulary, you’ll evolve your conversational fluency to tackle more sophisticated topics and sentence structure. Included in the course are vocabulary lessons, grammatical principles, and cultural concepts that students need to know to carry conversations in ASL at work, school, and a variety of social settings.

The focus of this course is to prepare students for non-verbal interaction and communication with members of the deaf community, or in real world scenarios. You’ll learn useful vocabulary for ordering meals and asking directions, for example, and you’ll be able to hold meaningful conversations about various topics. But it’s not all serious you’ll also learn how to tell jokes, use common expressions and sayings, and relay anecdotes to your audience. We’ll also focus on teaching you more about the deaf community, so you gain a better appreciation for deaf culture, activism, and learn how you can get involved.

What will you learn?

The goal is not to memorize stock phrases, but rather equip you with a broad dictionary of signs and strong foundation in grammar, so you can put together your own sentences.

  • Learn ASL signs to talk about weather and environment
  • Describe people, animals and places
  • Recognize and use slang and informal language
  • Use ASL while traveling, including geography, directions and names of places
  • Learn how to communicate in work environments and with customers
  • Express a personal narrative and communicate stories and events
  • Gain more insight into Deaf Culture
  • Learn how to get involved with the deaf community in your area

This course is for

  • Graduates of our intro American Sign Language course who want to study at the next level
  • Anyone who previously studied ASL and wants to refresh their knowledge
  • Individuals who want to better communicate with deaf relatives or friends
  • Parents of non-verbal children or children with Autism
  • Professionals who work with, or come into contact with deaf or non-verbal persons
  • Anyone considering a career or volunteer opportunity within the deaf community

Course requirements

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Career path

After completing this course, you could:

  • Continue your education in ASL
  • Better communicate with members of the deaf community
  • Explore a career in working with the deaf community


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