So I decided to dedicate my first week to exploring the resources that were available for me to learn American Sign Language. I started by first doing a simple google search. A lot of the results were classes that were available. Although I would love to take A signing class, It just doesn’t work for me right now. I had to modify my search a little, with an emphasis on free, to find what I was looking for. I was able to find many resources that I’m sure will be useful in this journey.
One of the websites that I found that I really loved was Sign Language 101. It has 10 different videos that focus on different things such as the ABC’s and gestures and body language. I decided to start by learning the ABC’s since that was the first lesson. In this first week I was able to learn letters A-N, and am still working on the rest of the alphabet.
Next I decided to see what YouTube had to offer, again I had to modify my search a few times to find what I was looking for. The purpose of this was just to explore YouTube a bit and see if it was something I really wanted to use and would be effective. I watched a few videos and came across one that I liked.
This video is a little fast and I had to watch it multiple times with a lot of pausing to really pick anything up, but I figure I will have to do that with most of my resources anyway. One thing I learned from this video was the importance of facial expressions with sign language. Of course I use facial expressions with verbal communication as well, but never thought about how the placement of the eyebrows could change the meaning of a message.
Overall I was able to find many resources that I can use for this ILP and learn a few signs.