ASL 102 lesson 1

Welcome back to ASL. Hope you have enjoyed learning ASL so far.

Again, like ASL 101 on this website, these online lessons are only for your personal learning interest only, not for a credit. These online lessons are incomplete and will be continually added and updated.

Before you begin this next half level, review the previous ASL 101 materials. In addition, you might want to browse first 100 words (and second 100 words) to be familiar with everyday vocabulary.

Learning strategies

Below are some key learning strategies for attaining a high level of communicative competency.

  • speak in the target language (ASL).
  • focus on meanings and contexts (avoid translating in your mind).
  • practice no-voice policy.
  • practice collaborative/cooperative learning
  • negotiate meanings, ask for clarification, ask for repeating the certain part, etc. in the target language.
  • do homework (student workbook) to retain what you've learned in class.

Student discussion (brainstorming ideas)

  • practice signing with your siblings, roommates, or friends even if they don't know the language. Try with dogs and cats for fun. :)
  • teach your boyfriend/girlfriend ASL in a form of practicing yourself.
  • attend ASL Club at the university.
  • if bumping into an ASL classmate on campus or in public, use ASL instead.
  • practice in a small group outside class in a cafe or somewhere.
  • preview homework lessons prior to class.

Review grammar and vocabulary

To boost your basic ASL skill, review some ASL 101 tutorials:

  • use constructive structure, facial grammar (wh-question, yes/no question, OSV) properly.
  • understand the difference between pronouns and possessives in ASL (e.g. I LIKE HER (pronoun) vs I LIKE HER (possessive) BROTHER).
  • how to inflect verbs (e.g. GIVE-to, ASK-to, etc)
  • understand a basic concept of classifier: what it is and how to use it.
  • how to use mouth morphemes: OO, MM, CHA for size and CS, MM, AHH for distance.
  • how to use conjunction: conj-FINISH; understand the difference between verb and conjunction in the sign FINISH.
  • understand how to use a basic role shifting.

Be familiar with vocabulary (see the dictionary): wh- questions, colors, numbers from 1 through 100, transportation, family members and relatives, .. (did I miss any? tell me in class).


Review the ASL 101 materials.