American Sign Language 1B

Enrollment Message:

This course requires extensive use of an asynchronous audio-visual communication tool called VoiceThread. The student will be assigned a Michigan Virtual-specific VoiceThread account to be used for this course. Students MUST NOT create a personal VoiceThread account. Please see Technology Requirements for additional information regarding required browser cookies and firewall permissions. Students will need a webcam to record their signing assignments. YouTube access is required to view some aspects of this course. Students must possess their own unique email address for VoiceThread to function properly. Their email address for their Michigan Virtual account cannot be used by anyone else, including the mentor or parent.

This course is the second in a two-course sequence. Topics addressed in the course include information about the Deaf culture, communication problems associated with deaf individuals, and the linguistic heritage of the Deaf community and its influence on our own culture. The online text includes many videos that include role-playing conversations as well as vocabulary. There will be live sessions using a web cam during which time students will demonstrate a mastery of general sign vocabulary along with producing their own conversations.

The activities follow the Michigan standards and benchmarks for World Languages, which are designed to enrich the learning experience and guide students toward developing cultural and linguistic fluency.

The school's computers and network must meet the required technology requirements.

ASL is a sign language that is different from Signed Exact English (SEE). Prerequisites: American Sign Language 1A

Course Objectives: By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Greet appropriately in ASL in everyday situations
  • Initiate and maintain a short ASL conversation
  • Explain common practices and products in Deaf culture
  • Interpret the basic concept of a song that is sang in a language other than ASL

Course Outline:

Unit 1: About Myself - Build expressive skills, describe personalities and characteristics of others and express emotions in ASL, and use of manners and attention seeking techniques when communicating with deaf people

Unit 2: More About Myself - Express future events, indicate the doer and receiver of actions, timelines and sequence, signs for months, birthdays, conditional IF statements in ASL, and signing a children's story

Unit 3: My House - Sign telephone numbers, home addresses, and vocabulary related to the home, including rooms and furniture; introducing complex sentences and Negative Incorporation technique


Unit 4: My School - Rhetorical Question technique applied to Why, How, and Where questions; Culture - Sign language around the world

Unit 5: My Town - Revisit time and sequence with indications of past events, vocabulary pertaining to common buildings and locations in a community, and Finish and Not-Yet


Resources Included: Michigan Virtual provides students enrolled in this course a VoiceThread Account, a Online Resource.

Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: This course requires extensive use of an asynchronous audio-visual communication tool called VoiceThread. There is an Michigan Virtual-specific VoiceThread account that is used for this course and will be assigned to students. Students must not create or use a personal VoiceThread account for this course. Students must have their own unique email address for VoiceThread to function properly. Their email address for their Michigan Virtual account cannot be used by anyone else, including the mentor or parent.


School Level: High School
Standards: Michigan World Language Standards and Benchmarks
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 06801
MDE Endorsement Code: FS - American Sign Language
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus