“Sign It ASL” is the short name for “Sign It! American Sign Language Made Easy”. It is an online, self-paced American Sign Language course taught by many well-known educators and entertainers from the ASL community. The complete curriculum will have a total of 50 lessons that teach conversational ASL (vocabulary, sentences, grammar, and syntax) and Deaf culture.
The Sign It ASL curriculum was written by Curt Radford, Ed.D. and scripted by Heather Ravarino and Keith Wann.
Instructors include: Rachel Coleman, Keith Wann, Maleni Chaitoo, Sean Forbes, Peter Cook, Alexandria Wailes, Crom Saunders, Manny Hernandez, Leah Coleman, Patrick Fischer, Justin Callaway, and Ben Jarashow. Learn more about our instructors!
Sign It ASL is brought to you by the Signing Time Foundation in partnership with Two Little Hands Productions.
Lessons 1-20 are currently available, and lessons 21-50 are being funded.
Donate here to support the production of more online ASL lessons and free access to families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
In the first 20 lessons of Sign It ASL, you learn over 1200 vocabulary words, get fingerspelling practice, learn American Sign Language sentence structure, practice using classifiers, learn about non-manual markers, and are introduced to Deaf culture. You will meet some amazing actors, educators, and other professionals who are well-known in the Deaf community. This course has 3 difficulty settings (we recommend starting with audio and text aids turned on, repeating the material without audio but still with captions, and finally going through the course again with both audio and captions turned off), and you can slow down or speed up videos for additional help or challenge.
Lessons are divided by theme, and most lessons include:
- ASL stories and comedic sketches
- 60-100+ new vocabulary terms
- Fingerspelling, vocabulary, and sentence practice
- Receptive conversation practice
- Interviews with famous Deaf adults about culture and experiences
- Quizzes and exams with scoring and progress tracking
- ASL video dictionary for easy reference
- Lesson 1 - Introductions
- Lesson 2 - Family
- Lesson 3 - Feelings
- Lesson 4 - Jobs
- Lesson 5 - School
- Lesson 6 - Neighbors
- Lesson 7 - Food
- Lesson 8 - Numbers & Time
- Lesson 9 - Transportation
- Lesson 10 - Animals
- Lesson 11 - USA
- Lesson 12 - Countries
- Lesson 13 - Government
- Lesson 14 - Vacation
- Lesson 15 - Money
- Lesson 16 - Clothing
- Lesson 17 - Physical Descriptions
- Lesson 18 - Hobbies
- Lesson 19 - Colors
- Lesson 20 - Religion
Yes! Sign It ASL is great for homeschoolers. It is designed especially for individual home learning by teenagers and adults. This sign language curriculum has been used with students at the middle school, high school, and college levels. As with any language, it is best if you frequently practice what you are learning from the course through in-person conversations with skilled users of the language. If you are part of a homeschool co-op, be sure to look at our educational site license options.
Sign It ASL is self-paced, so the length of time it takes students to go through it varies greatly. Each lesson includes about an hour of video content (divided into short segments), about 8-12 quizzes, and some practice exercises. We encourage students to go through the material 3 times: once with audio and captions turned on, once without audio but still with captions, and once without audio or captions. This helps train students' brains to think more and more in American Sign Language, improve their receptive skills, and to keep adding gradual levels of difficulty. Students who go straight through the material without repeating the lessons or doing any of the practice exercises may be able to complete five lessons in as little as 8-10 hours (~35-40 hours for 20 lessons). Students who go through it the recommended 3 times and complete the practice exercises are likely to take around 25-35 hours for 5 lessons (~100-120 hours for 20 lessons). We also encourage students to have in-person practice with an instructor or other skilled ASL user who can provide feedback on expressive skills and provide conversational practice.
In a traditional classroom that has both expressive and receptive practice times, we are finding that most teachers are covering about 1 lesson every 2-3 weeks, so a full school year would be roughly 10-15 lessons. Again, this varies greatly from teacher to teacher.
If you are using an educational site license, each seat will have access for 12 months from the time of purchase.
There is not an app that you can get from an app store, but you can create a shortcut icon that you use on your mobile devices just like an app.
How to set up the Sign It ASL shortcut on mobile devices
Go to www.signitasl.net.
Tap the share icon in your browser tool bar:
Find and tap “Add to home screen”:
Tap “Add” in the upper right corner:
Go to www.signitasl.net.
Tap the 3 dots in the upper right:
Find and tap “Add to home screen”:
Yes. Several of the modules from lessons #1, #2, and #10 are available to try for free. To get started, go to a lesson's page, and register for its free preview. You will then be able to access your sample lessons at https://www.signitasl.net/enrollments or by clicking on "My Dashboard" in the menus at the top or bottom of the page.
You will find all the units and purchase options in the Sign It ASL store. The links will walk you through adding the item to your shopping cart, setting up your account, and checking out. You will then be able to access your lessons at https://www.signitasl.net/enrollments or by clicking on "My Dashboard" in the menus at the top or bottom of the page.
Yes! We accept official purchase orders from your school or institution.
Vendor information - Two Little Hands Productions, P.O. Box 9132, Midvale, UT 84047
Tax ID - 30-0060566
Terms - Net 30
Send any purchase orders to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 801-676-4441. IMPORTANT: To set up the account and send login instructions, you must include the name and email address for the person who will be the Account Manager for the Sign It ASL login.
Yes! We have several group pricing options:
Family/Small Group Account - This 12-month license provides full access to Sign It ASL for up to 10 students for a total of $349.99 (approximately $35/student). This license is great for families, homeschool co-ops, playgroup leaders, and other small groups. You may purchase more than one small group account as needed.
Class Account - This 12-month license provides full access to Sign It ASL for up to 50 students and 1 account manager for a total of $1249.99 (approximately $25/student). This license is great for teachers, homeschool co-ops, businesses, and other groups.
School Account - This 12-month license provides full access to Sign It ASL for up to 100 students and 1 account manager for a total of $2249.99 (approximately $22.50/student). This license is great for schools, teachers, businesses, and other groups.
For special pricing for larger groups, please contact email@example.com.
Yes! Through the generosity of Signing Time Foundation donors and our partners at NCHAM, Sign It ASL is available for free to families in the US who have a child 36 months or younger who has any type of hearing loss. Apply at MyDeafChild.org