• Course Fees for LISD Students

    Course fee if taken outside the school day: 

    Semester A Credit - $150.00

    Semester B Credit - $150.00

    * Total fee for the one-credit course = $300.00


    Course fee if taken within the school day:

    Semester A Credit - $0.00

    Semester B Credit - $0.00


    Teacher: Kay Gustafson

  • Course Prerequisites

    Students should have an understanding that this is a visual language and requires the use of technology for assignments.

    Course Description - Semester A

    There are many Deaf people all across the country.  One day you may meet or even work with a Deaf individual.   How amazing would it be to communicate in their language? Emphasis is placed on the development of receptive and expressive signing skills and on the acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. An exposure to the deaf and hard of hearing culture will be presented as well.

     In ASL 1A there are 3 modules.  It begins with the basic foundations of signing.  You will be able to have some basic conversations in ASL by the end of this course.

    Course Description - Semester B

    American Sign Language 1B builds on the vocabulary from 1A. You will learn more about the structure of the language while also increasing your expressive and receptive vocabulary base. This course has 3 modules as well.  By the end of ASL I you should feel comfortable having conversations with the Deaf about basic situations. 

    This course provides opportunities for you to gain 21st century skills as you acquire another language to use in your future.

    Required Assignments, Exams, and Projects

    All written assignments and student/teacher collaboration sessions are required. Most course assignments involve you watching or creating videos.  Remember this is a visual language. There are checkpoints throughout the course, vocabulary assignments, quizzes and projects.  There is even a Soap Opera for you to practice your receptive skills.


    You will have the opportunity to collaborate with your teacher and fellow students using interactive tools such as Zoom and embedded tools such as forums. These tools allow you to build community in the online classroom and share learning and experiences that allow you to be productive 21st century learners.

    Grading Guidelines

    This course consists of daily grades, quiz grades and test/project grades with this grading scale:

    Daily work = 25%

    Quizzes = 25%

    Tests/End of module assessments/Projects = 50%

    Daily work, quizzes and tests will make up 85% of the course grade with the course final exam counting 15% of your grade. By Lewisville ISD guidelines, you must pass the final exam and have a course grade of at least 70 to pass the course.

    Late Work Guidelines

    All work within a module is due by the module end date (see pacing guide for specific dates).

    VLA follows the district’s Late Work guidelines. A ZERO will be entered as a PLACEHOLDER for work not completed by the due date. The zero will be changed once the work has been submitted.

    • Work submitted the first day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 70;
    • Work submitted the second day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 60; and
    • Work submitted the third day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 50.

    Module Close: Modules will lock down 72 hours after the end date. You may not submit work for credit after the module has closed. Any zeros remaining when the module closes will remain as zeros in the grade book.

    American Sign Language builds upon the concepts learned in each module. It is important to stay on top of the practices and assignments.


    If you earn a grade below 70 on a major grade, the teacher will reteach then reassess. In order to receive reassessment options, you must turn in major grade assignments within a module by the module end date. After the reteach/reassess, the higher of the two grades will be assigned, with the maximum possible score of 70.

    Required Resources

    You should have access to iMovie, Quicktime, or another media source. (included in your LISD Google Apps for Education). You will also be required to use SoftChalk to check for understanding, but these tools are embedded in the course.

    Technical Requirements

    • Technical System Requirements: PC or MAC preferred
    • Minimum Bandwidth Required: 128K
    • Video Player: Quicktime; VLC Player
    • Plug-ins:  Java 10 or higher; Adobe Reader 6 or higher
    • Student must be able to download files: Yes
    • Software needed to complete this course: Zoom Launcher (free download)
    • Pop-Up blocker:  Off
    • Caching:  Off
    • Browser compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 7 or higher preferred; Google Chrome 11 or higher; Internet Explorer 8 or higher. Firefox is the preferred browser for the Moodle learning management system.

    Services for Students with Special Needs

    For students with an IEP/504 Plan, we provide accommodations listed to meet the student’s needs. Many accommodations are built into our courses (extended time on assignments, flexible exam setting). Accommodations that are not already built into the course may still be met through individualizing the presentation, providing guided notes, live teaching/tutorial sessions, phone contact, and one-on-one conversations.