This professional elective course is designed for hearing students wishing to acquire some of the basic vocabulary and grammatical structures of American Sign Language (ASL). Through active participation, students learn to communicate in ASL, developing their ability to understand and use ASL fingerspelling, simple affirmative and interrogative statements. Students also learn to converse in ASL. By the end of this course, students should know 500 signs. Students with restricted dexterity may find the production of signs challenging.