Resources: teaching sign language

Teaching sign language requires high standards and formal qualifications to meet in academics.

For standardization, this manual was collaboratively developed based on the ACTFL standard for teacing American Sign Language.

Kim Brown Kurz, Phd; Marty M. Taylor, PhD. Learning Outcomes for American Sign Language Skills Levels 1-4. Download this document in the public domain at

Below are two recommended resources for teaching American Sign Language.

Wilcox, Sherman; Wilcox, Phyllis Perrin (1997). Learning to See: Teaching American Sign Language as a Second Language (second edition). Gallaudet University Press.

Baker-Shenk, Dennis Cokely Charlotte (1980). American Sign Language: A Teacher's Resource Text on Curriculum, Methods, and Evaluation. Gallaudet University Press.

In addition to books on ASL teaching, the book below is also recommended for further reading to learn more about spoken language teaching strategies, approaches, and techniques.

Brandl, Klaus et al. (2008). Communicative Language Teaching in Action: putting principles to work. Pearson Prentice Hall.

ASLPI (ASL proficiency interview/index) must be native or native-like level to be taken by a qualified evaluator (e.g. Gallaudet University in the United States and Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf in Canada).

A university degree in teaching ASL is available at some universities, including Gallaudet University. Otherwise, teacher certification may be required. Note that certified interpreters are not qualified to teach sign language for significant reasons.

To apply for a ASL teaching certification in Canada, contact the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD). In the United States, contact American Sign Language Teachers Association.

Teaching activities: resources

Stratiy, Angela Petrone (2015). 101 Activities for Teaching ASL. Edmonton: Interpreting Consolidated.