SCHOOL in sign language

School is a place where you go to learn the three "R" -- reading, writing and arithmetic.

ASL sign for SCHOOL

ASL signs for SCHOOL

Learn how to sign "school" in ASL.

Definition: An institution for educating children; any institution at which instruction is given in a particular discipline.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant flat hand (handshape), palm down (orientation) above non-dominant palm-up flat hand (location), taps on the non-dominant palm twice (movement).

Learner Tip: ASL students sometimes confuse SCHOOL with PAPER or sometimes mispronounce it as PAPER.

Minimal Pairs

All the same except for handshape: IMPOSSIBLE.

All the same except for movement: PAPER, CLEAN-UP.

Related signs

Wouldn't it be a dream to go to school where everyone -- STUDENTS, TEACHERS or INSTRUCTORS, and STAFF speak ASL or another signed language? It's where you can find at deaf schools, NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) and Gallaudet University.

Some high schools, COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY offer ASL COURSES where you can take lessons to learn American Sign Language, Deaf studies, Deaf culture, linguistics, in the United States and Canada (or other signed languages in their countries). Even better, IMMERSION in Deaf community can be a natural EDUCATION in conversational ASL for learners.

Other school-related vocabulary: elementary school, graduate school, junior high school (or middle school), preschool, residential school where many deaf children resided in the past, private school...


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Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL writing for SCHOOL ASL written for SCHOOL

Another or extra image for SCHOOL. Contributed by Adrean Clark.

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