Start ASL is partnered with many schools that accept our courses in order to award American Sign Language for high school credit to their students. With the complete Start ASL Online Course, we offer a full online ASL course curriculum that you can take from the comfort of your home or under your school’s supervision. Start ASL helps bridge the gap for many high schools and colleges that accept American Sign Language for foreign language credit but don’t offer ASL courses of their own.
It is most important to note that it is up to your own school’s discretion whether or not they will accept our courses for credit. Credit is awarded by your school, not by Start ASL. Our classes are not accredited, but we do offer a printable “Completion Certificate” for each level (ASL 1, 2, and 3) of our Online Course. Our Gold level option includes manual grading/feedback on your submission assignments as well as any extra documentation your school might need in order to award credit.
Each of our ASL course levels are roughly equivalent to one year of a foreign language in high school and one semester of a foreign language in college. For example, if you complete levels 1 and 2 of this curriculum, you will have completed 2 years of foreign language credit for high school and 2 semesters of foreign language credit for college. Each level would take a full year to complete in a high school classroom and one semester to complete in a college classroom.
How long it takes to complete the courses depends on the student. The courses are completely self-paced. On average, if a student is very driven, they can complete one course level in one to three months. Most students taking the courses for credit are able to complete one course level in nine months.
At the completion of the course levels, students can be expected to be between conversant and proficient in the language, depending on how much the student is practicing in actual conversation.
If you wish to use Start ASL to earn foreign language credit, be sure to first contact your school (you can share our syllabuses below) and get approval from your school in writing. And make sure you know exactly what your school will need in order to award credit and contact us to make sure we are able to provide what your school requires. Important: CREDIT IS AWARDED BY YOUR SCHOOL, NOT START ASL.
Start ASL Course Syllabuses
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