• Resources for Learning

    American Sign Language (ASL)

     ASL Boy


    Online Dictionaries:

    General Dictionaries:

    • www.Lifeprint.com
    • www.ASLPro.com
    • www.Handspeak.com
    • www.SigningSavvy.com
    • www.Commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/alsweb/browser.htm

    Specialized Dictionaries:


    • www.TSDVideo.org


    • https://wiki.rit.edu/display/sciencelexicon/Science+Signs+Lexicon


    • http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/aslpro.cgi
    • http://www.deafmissions.com/?PageID=18

    International (signs from different national sign languages)

    • https://www.spreadthesign.com/us/

    Online Resources:

    • ASL Nook: deaf family teaches short thematic lessons through video http://aslnook.com/ 
    • California School for the Deaf Early Childhood Education department’s Youtube Page: includes ASL rhymes and stories https://www.youtube.com/user/CSDECEASL 
    • TV: sign language videos, including original series and livestream https://dpan.tv 
    • DPAN YouTube channel: includes videos from the Deaf Professional Arts Network, including music videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Wf_r2PVQbIR7XbiIN5fgw 
    • Sorenson Deaf Awareness 2015: Deaf stories, jokes, ABC and 123 stories http://www.sorensonvrs.com/aware2015_deaf_stories 
    • ASL Hub: ASL stories, including popular children’s books, 123 and ABC stories, jokes, and Dr. Wonder’s Workshop episodes (TV series in ASL), music videos http://aslhub.com/ 
    • Children’s stories in sign language (ASL and SEE): a collection of links to videos of popular children’s stories told in sign language http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1662407 

    Online Classes:

    Free Classes:


    • Offers ASL 1-3 and Fingerspelling
    • 37 Lessons
    • Workbook and dictionary required (free)
    • Includes vocabulary, grammar, conversation, quiz
    • Has referrals for paid features and tutors


    • 30 lessons
    • Includes vocabulary, grammar, culture, history, quiz, readings
    • Includes dictionary


    • 10 topic lessons via YouTube videos
    • 15-25 minute lessons, including vocabulary, deaf culture, quiz


    Fee-Based Classes ($):


    • Still in development (as of 2017, units 1-2 are available and 3 is planned to be released in 2017)
    • Will have 10 units with several lessons in each unit
    • Each unit costs $49.99 and is available online or through their app (requires internet access)
    • Curriculum teaches beginning ASL (vocabulary, sentences, grammar, and syntax) and Deaf culture
    • Will eventually be available FREE to families of deaf/hard of hearing children ages 0-3


    • Online live group classes
    • Offers ASL 1-6 and advance dialogue
    • Textbook required ($83 on Amazon)
    • $175 for 6 week group class
    • 1:1 tutoring available online- $30 for 30 minutes, $55 for one hour, $300 for 6 one hour sessions


    • 300 lessons of 20 words each, plus dictionary and activities
    • Includes deaf culture and grammar
    • $6/month for dictionary access
    • $16/1 month, $40 for 3 months, or $70 for 6 month plans, $98 for 6 months plus 1 hour of tutoring and tutoring discount


    • 4 classes, beginning to advanced
    • Includes completion test and certificate of completion
    • $75 per class (6 month access), about 15 hours of instruction


    • $9.95-49.95/month for class
    • Higher fees include extra options- tutoring discount, instructor support, instructor feedback
    • Includes interactive features
    • Online tutors available for 30-60 minute sessions at $10-25/half hour


    Local Free Classes/Events:

    Online Tutoring through CSDF

    • Sign up at csdeagles.com/services/outreach
    • 1 hour/week Skype tutoring sessions
    • Must have a deaf/hard of hearing child under age 12, live in Northern California, and have access to high speed internet
    • Day and time flexible to fit your family’s schedule

    Family ASL Class through CSD

    • Thursday Evenings 6:30-8:00 at CSD in Fremont, follow school year schedule
    • More information at csdeagles.com/services/outreach
    • Intro and conversational classes
    • Children’s class available for ages 5-12
    • *no child care for children ages 4 or under


    • Several groups in the area that practice or teach ASL, including Berkeley/Oakland and San Francisco

    DCARA- Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency

    • Events, classes, Club Saturday family activities, and other resources offered throughout the year
    • Check www.dcara.org for current offerings

    ASL Storytelling in Fremont

    • Monthly evening events during the school year
    • Typically have an earlier preschool story and later elementary story
    • Schedule available at csdeagles.com/services/outreach

    Deaf Services Center at the San Francisco Public Library

    • Staff can communicate in ASL and English
    • Deaf related resources, publications, and occasional events 

    Local Fee-Based Classes:

    • Berkeley City College
      2050 Center St.
      Berkeley, CA 94704
      see American Sign Language
    • California State University, East Bay
      25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
      Hayward, CA 94542
      see Modern Languages & Literature
    • Chabot College
      25555 Hesperian Blvd.
      Hayward, CA 94545
      see Sign Language
    • Diablo Valley College
      321 Golf Club Road
      Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-1529
      see Sign Language
    • Los Medanos Community College
      2700 East Leland Road
      Pittsburg, CA 94565
      see Sign Language
    • Ohlone College
      43600 Mission Blvd.
      Fremont, CA 94539
      see Subject: ASL - American Sign Language
    • West Contra Costa Adult Education
      6028 Ralston Avenue
      Richmond, CA 94805
      see Languages