New Releases, Video Offer American Sign Language (ASL) at your Library through Living Language

We’re pleased to announce the latest addition to our line of Living Language online courses: Essential American Sign Language.

Librarians, for more information about our digital programs for libraries, please visit www.livinglanguagelibraries.com. If you already have a free trial code, click here to get started.

Whether patrons want to learn American Sign Language to communicate with Deaf family, friends, or simply to enrich themselves by learning another language, Essential American Sign Language is the right place to start. Living Language created Essential American Sign Language with native ASL speakers to give language learners the fundamentals of American Sign Language, from basic vocabulary and handshapes to more complex grammar and culture.

As reported in Library Journal in May 2016, “among the most commonly taken languages at the college level, only American Sign Language had grown from 2009 to 2013.” They cite data from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that also shared that, “After Spanish and French, American Sign Language (ASL) had the largest number of course enrollments in the 2013 survey.”

With a growing interest and demand for American Sign Language in communities all over the country, now is the time to add this course to your offerings via Living Language’s easy-to-use language learning programs. Various levels of pricing are available, offering a flexibility to best serve your library’s needs. Learn more at www.livinglanguagelibraries.com.

Some features of Living Language’s ASL course:

Focus on Visual Learning: Essential American Sign Language creates an online learning environment where the visual experience is the focus, using video to teach ASL vocabulary, phrases, and grammar in an easy-to-navigate thematic format.

The Importance of Deaf Culture: Culture notes teach valuable information on the Deaf community, including how to talk about Deaf people, how to get someone’s attention, the importance of space and light in ASL communication, and other cultural information that will aid in communication.

Breaking It Down: Our grammar notes explain how phrases and sentences are created out of individual signs, showing how handshapes, signing space, and non-manual signals (facial expressions, head movements, mouthing) work together in ASL.

American Sign Language (ASL) is a rich and expressive language spoken natively by more than 250,000 people in the United States. Why not offer patrons the opportunity to get started connecting with them?

Start with the basics today and learn how to sign the alphabet!

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