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What you will learn - Sign Language As Second Nature
  • Basic Introduction
  • Asking Basic Questions 
  • Emotions
  • Placing Food and Drink Orders
  • Locating Objects
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Holidays
  • Emergencies
  • Jobs and Careers
  • Weather
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  1. Discover Sign Language (Instructor Led)
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  3. Keys to Effective Communication (Instructor Led)
1. Discover Sign Language: Learn Sign Language As Second Nature

It's truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands! Add different facial expressions, and you have a conversation—the language of Deaf people. In this course, you'll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate with Deaf people.

You'll begin with an introduction to the language itself, and learn to create the signs for numbers. You'll also master the sign alphabet so you can fingerspell proper names.

Then you'll learn to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences, and see how to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way you'll learn signs for colors, numbers, where you live, family, and the activities you like to do and even the ones you don't.

Throughout, you'll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout, you'll be immersed in silence, so you'll gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language.

You'll also gain an introduction to the world of Deaf culture and explore topics such as lipreading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you'll be ready to sign! 

2. Discover Sign Language II: Take your sign language skills to the next level with additional vocabulary, grammar lessons, and cultural information

 Learn to build phrases and sentences with the vocabulary you used in Discover Sign Language 1, as well as some new vocabulary. You will practice phrases and sentences by recording your own signing and uploading them for review. Not only that, but you will also continue to explore the world of Deaf culture,  famous Deaf individuals, and the impact of recent laws and technology on the modern-day Deaf community.

3. Keys to Effective Communication: Learn To Build Rapport And Create Environments Of Trust

If you often find yourself at a loss for words or lack confidence in your communication abilities, you will appreciate this course. Each lesson works through the step by step process needed to become a great conversationalist. You will learn to use communication to build rapport and create environments of trust, warmth, and respect. Become more confident, create a great first impression, get along well with others, and create more and better personal and professional relationships. 

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

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  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Discover Sign Language 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Discover Sign Language 

There are 12 units of study

Getting Started

What is sign language? Is it a real language? How did it develop? In this lesson, you will discover what sign language is and who uses it. This lesson introduces American Sign Language and a basic approach to learning it — signing the numbers 0 to 15.      

Fingerspelling

Master your ABCs as you learn how to fingerspell the alphabet. You will discover how double letters are made when they're inside a word and how they're signed when they fall at the beginning and end of words. You will also learn tips on how to read fingerspelling.   

Introducing Yourself

How do you do? Today, you will take the first steps toward having a conversation as you learn how to introduce yourself. In addition to learning the basic signs for this kind of interaction, you will also gain some more strategies for learning and understanding new signs, including the four aspects that make up each sign. While you add these skills to your signing arsenal, you will also learn more about the Deaf community, including what Deaf people expect to learn about you when you meet for the first time, and the role facial expression plays in sign language.

Getting to Know You

Next, you will build on the introduction you learned in the last lesson and see how to keep the conversation going. You will explore the different customs of conversation in the Deaf community, such as how to know when one person is finished talking and how to take turns. In addition, you will continue to navigate your introduction by adding more information about yourself. Finally, you will gain some additional vocabulary as you learn the signs for colors and numbers 16 to 30.      

Continuing the Conversation

Today, you will learn more signs to help you continue the conversation you started in the two previous lessons. You will learn about the cherished custom Deaf people have of giving name signs, so you will understand what to call yourself, your city, and your state. You will also gain more vocabulary about objects in your living environment. You will learn to sign the types of dwellings people live in and modes of transportation. In addition, you will add to your knowledge of numbers by mastering the signs for numbers 31 to 66. This lesson closes with a discussion about an important issue in the Deaf community: whether deafness is considered a disability.        

Talking About Family

Signing becomes a family affair as you learn signs for family members. You will understand how sign language categorizes the signs for each gender and communication in families with a Deaf person. This includes lipreading and other communication strategies. This lesson closes with the signs for numbers 67 to 100.               

Extended Family and Beyond

This lesson focuses on signs for extended family members. You will also learn signs to describe how you're related to them. Start to put together longer sentences to practice using your new vocabulary. You will be introduced to number systems beginning with age and telling how old family members are.

A Sign for the Times

What time is it? Today, you will discover how to tell time as well as sign the days of the week and other time periods such as minutes and hours. This lesson focuses on how spoken languages handle past, present, and future tenses, and then examine how sign language does this. Finally, you will discover the impact of the "Deaf President Now" movement had on the lives of Deaf people.        

More Time on Your Hands

This lesson teaches signs for additional time frames such as yesterday, today, and tomorrow. You will learn signs for indoor and outdoor activities. Then, you will learn signs for your opinion, so you can explain which activities you like and don't like. You will also learn about CODAs—a group of hearing people unique to the Deaf community.          

Feelings and Traits

Now it's time to learn the signs for feelings and personality traits, and you will combine these signs with signs learned in previous lessons. You will see how to communicate how you're doing, how to ask how others are doing, and how to describe different personal attributes. You will also learn more about Deaf culture—this time, about physical contact and getting the attention of a Deaf person both nearby and across the room. Finally, you will gain tips for practicing your signs.         

Clothing and Hairstyle

In the final lesson, you will learn signs for clothing and hairstyles, such as jacket and long hair. You will learn about classifiers and how to use them with the patterns such as stripes. Then you will learn signs for descriptions such as mustache and beard. You will also explore another important aspect of Deaf culture: teaching hearing babies to sign.               

Food and Animals

The course concludes with a lesson that teaches you to wish a friend happy birthday, offer a birthday treat, and talk about your favorite animal. You will start by learning to sign the months of the year and how to say, "Happy birthday!" You will also learn signs for food and animals. This lesson will cover how English is translated into sign language and the role of the professional sign language interpreter. You will even get some tips on using an interpreter with a Deaf person.

Course 2 - Discover Sign Language II

Lesson 1 - Basic Introductions
In this lesson, you will be reviewing some of the vocabulary from Discover Sign Language 1 and adding some new vocabulary. The objectives for this lesson are for you to be able to build and use phrases and sentences to be able to participate in a basic conversation in ASL. You will also apply ASL grammar to ask and answer basic questions about yourself. You will learn about the origins of ASL in the United States. By the end of the lesson, you will be creating a video introducing yourself in ASL.

Lesson 2 - Asking Basic Questions
In this lesson, you will focus on asking and answering basic questions. A lesson on non manual markers is included to meet the objectives of describing and implementing ASL grammatical features. You will practice these skills on five different scenarios. A cultural highlight regarding the Deaf President Now movement wraps up the lesson. Lastly, you will create a video of yourself signing for the lesson assignment.

Lesson 3 - Emotions
In this lesson, you will focus on signs for emotions and feelings with the goal of being able to ask how someone is feeling and being able to answer if you are asked that same question. Often, conversations have a typical pattern: greeting, introducing yourself, asking about the well-being of the other person, responding, and then concluding with a farewell. Your objectives for this lesson include applying phrases and sentences to hold basic conversational skills while using basic signs for emotions. You will apply ASL grammar to ask and answer basic questions by asking how someone is feeling. Lastly, you will develop your understanding of ASL grammar by describing what role shifting means.

Lesson 4 - Placing Food and Drink Orders
In this lesson, you are learning how to place a restaurant order in ASL using your existing vocabulary and learning a few more signs. It is fairly common for Deaf clubs to meet at local restaurants or food courts. You will use your emerging ASL grammatical skills to ask and answer basic questions while placing a food or drink order. The cultural lesson this time is on famous Deaf Americans.

Lesson 5 - Locating Objects
In this lesson, you will cover vocabulary to answer questions on locating objects, and you will practice answers for when someone needs directions. You will learn how to ask where to find something or answer how to find something. You have learned how to ask, "Where is the bathroom?" But now you need to be able to understand the directions on how to get there.

Lesson 6 - Sports and Recreation
In this lesson, you will be focusing on vocabulary for sports and recreation. Another common topic when conversing with a new person is "What do you do for fun?" While you learned some basic sports and recreation signs in Discover Sign Language 1, now you are going to expand on that topic with some additional vocabulary. Also, you will learn about Deaf Poetry and the Deaflympics.

Lesson 7 - Holidays
Holidays and celebrations are a topic that frequently comes up in conversations. Most gatherings of friends and family are centered around celebrations. In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary for major American holidays and practice communicating appropriate holiday greetings.

Lesson 8 - Emergencies
This is an important lesson, as it is imperative for everyone to be ready for an emergency. As you go through this lesson, you will learn how to ask important questions in ASL during an emergency. You will also be able to recognize when someone is talking about an emergency situation. You have built quite a bit of vocabulary (128 signs!) so far, and you have been working very hard on putting it all together into grammatically correct phrases and sentences. That pattern will continue in this lesson. Lastly, the cultural note for this lesson is on International Sign—what it is and where it is used.

Lesson 9 - Jobs and Careers
In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary for common jobs, careers, and majors to assist you with a common topic of conversation—"What do you do?" Or sometimes, "What is your major?" You will learn about compound signs during the vocabulary portion of the lesson and about the history of Deaf Education in the Deaf Culture section. Lastly, you will be asked to conduct an interview with a member of the Deaf Community.

Lesson 10 - Weather
In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary for weather and seasons. As in previous lessons, you will have the opportunity to observe and practice some language models. The Deaf Culture note for this chapter is about assistive technologies and how the Deaf community uses them.

Lesson 11 - Family
In this lesson, you will expand upon your knowledge of ASL signs for family members. In Discover Sign Language 1, you learned the basics—mom, dad, grandfather, grandmother, and so on. In this lesson, you will expand your knowledge with some other extended family members, as well as nontraditional family members. After all, sometimes your neighbors and coworkers are as close (or closer!) as your family. You will have the opportunity to practice using the videos showcasing the language models. Lastly, the grammar section of this lesson focuses on Noun Verb Pairs.

Lesson 12 - Colors and Animals
In this final lesson, you will focus on colors and animals with the goal of signing a children's storybook as your final assignment. There are several practice activities leading up to the final assignment. The last grammar lesson focuses on classifiers.

Course 3 - Keys to Effective Communication

There are 12 units of study

Module 1: Introduction to the Keys to Effective Communication

In your first lesson, you will learn the qualities that make someone a great communicator, the five components of achievable goals, and how to create win-win situations. You will benefit from setting your own communication goals in clear steps that are easy to reach.

Module 2 : Rapport

Building rapport is the first great key to effective communication. In this lesson, you will learn how to build rapport with almost anyone. And after this lesson, you will become a better listener and know how to keep respect alive in your conversations. You will also learn the art of reflective listening from examples of how others turned frustrating communications into successful ones.

Module 3 : Pacing, Linking and Leading

In this lesson, you will learn how to pace and lead your conversations toward win-win outcomes. You will learn how to contain a conversation, keeping it on track and moving toward your goals. Interrupting gracefully and breaking rapport are skills you will learn to use in uncomfortable situations.

Module 4 : Mastering Learning Styles

In this lesson, you will master the three learning and communication styles. You will uncover your own learning style and learn to spot the communication style of others. These skills will help you share your views with anyone, even those you previously found difficult to communicate with.

Module 5 : Regaining Lost Rapport

This lesson explores some great ways to regain lost rapport and keep conversations positive. When we lose rapport, disagreements flourish, but a skilled communicator can regain lost rapport. You will also learn how to acquire communication flexibility and stay in great rapport with all types of people.

Module 6 : Mastering Motivation

This lesson covers useful motivation strategies. People motivate toward pleasure and away from pain. When you understand how to motivate yourself and others, you get more done. As you master your motivation skills, other things fall into place.

Module 7 : Group Presentations

This lesson focuses on presentation skills. An effective presenter knows how to communicate fluently and has a sense of the atmosphere in a room. An effective presenter creates win-wins so that everyone is happy with the outcome.

Module 8 : Communication in Leadership and Teamwork

Imagine that you're a part of a team in which the leadership is genuine. This lesson explores leadership and teamwork. You will learn how to build a great work or family team where each team member gives one another equal value and respect. You will see how a great leader can elicit and set the goals for his or her team and develop the vision for the group.

Module 9 : Communication with Children

In this lesson, you will learn how to communicate effectively with children. Guiding children is a huge responsibility. Children are very open, and our words go in deeply. You will learn why the early years of a child's life are so important. Information about brain development and early literacy dovetails beautifully with the other wonderful things you will learn in this course.

Module 10 : Subconscious Communication

Your subconscious mind is your deeper mind—it's the part of your mind that's beneath your conscious awareness. When you understand how to talk to your subconscious, you understand how to work with yourself and others to create greater success. In this lesson, you will find out how to use affirmations effectively.

Module 11 : Managing Stressful Communication and Anger

Anger is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to healthy relationships. Learning to manage and control your anger makes you a more powerful communicator and keeps goodwill strong. In this lesson, You will learn how to manage transition times so that change is graceful. You will learn how to hold efficient, productive, and fun family meetings.

Module 12 : Review of the Keys to Effective Communication

In this final lesson, you will reassess your communication goals to see how far you have come and set new goals, so you can apply your skills in other areas. You will gain further insight, enabling you to move past your stuck spots and into being a very effective communicator. You will use these strategies for the rest of your life.

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Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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About This Course
What you will learn - Sign Language As Second Nature
  • Basic Introduction
  • Asking Basic Questions 
  • Emotions
  • Placing Food and Drink Orders
  • Locating Objects
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Holidays
  • Emergencies
  • Jobs and Careers
  • Weather
Get BIG Savings with our Discover Sign Language (Instructor-Led) Online Bundle, 3 Certificate Courses
  1. Discover Sign Language (Instructor Led)
  2. Discover Sign Language II (Instructor Led)
  3. Keys to Effective Communication (Instructor Led)
1. Discover Sign Language: Learn Sign Language As Second Nature

It's truly amazing that we can communicate just by using our hands! Add different facial expressions, and you have a conversation—the language of Deaf people. In this course, you'll discover how to use this graceful, expressive language to communicate with Deaf people.

You'll begin with an introduction to the language itself, and learn to create the signs for numbers. You'll also master the sign alphabet so you can fingerspell proper names.

Then you'll learn to sign phrases and expand to complete sentences, and see how to put it all together so you can introduce yourself and start a conversation. Along the way you'll learn signs for colors, numbers, where you live, family, and the activities you like to do and even the ones you don't.

Throughout, you'll learn by watching videos that demonstrate how to make the signs and how to incorporate facial expressions to communicate in this beautiful language. This course is taught using the best practices of the industry with a minimum of audio support. Throughout, you'll be immersed in silence, so you'll gain an understanding of the perspective of Deaf people and sign language.

You'll also gain an introduction to the world of Deaf culture and explore topics such as lipreading, baby signs, and the career of interpreting. By the end of the course, when you meet a Deaf person, you'll be ready to sign! 

2. Discover Sign Language II: Take your sign language skills to the next level with additional vocabulary, grammar lessons, and cultural information

 Learn to build phrases and sentences with the vocabulary you used in Discover Sign Language 1, as well as some new vocabulary. You will practice phrases and sentences by recording your own signing and uploading them for review. Not only that, but you will also continue to explore the world of Deaf culture,  famous Deaf individuals, and the impact of recent laws and technology on the modern-day Deaf community.

3. Keys to Effective Communication: Learn To Build Rapport And Create Environments Of Trust

If you often find yourself at a loss for words or lack confidence in your communication abilities, you will appreciate this course. Each lesson works through the step by step process needed to become a great conversationalist. You will learn to use communication to build rapport and create environments of trust, warmth, and respect. Become more confident, create a great first impression, get along well with others, and create more and better personal and professional relationships. 

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Units of Study

Discover Sign Language 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Discover Sign Language 

There are 12 units of study

Getting Started

What is sign language? Is it a real language? How did it develop? In this lesson, you will discover what sign language is and who uses it. This lesson introduces American Sign Language and a basic approach to learning it — signing the numbers 0 to 15.      

Fingerspelling

Master your ABCs as you learn how to fingerspell the alphabet. You will discover how double letters are made when they're inside a word and how they're signed when they fall at the beginning and end of words. You will also learn tips on how to read fingerspelling.   

Introducing Yourself

How do you do? Today, you will take the first steps toward having a conversation as you learn how to introduce yourself. In addition to learning the basic signs for this kind of interaction, you will also gain some more strategies for learning and understanding new signs, including the four aspects that make up each sign. While you add these skills to your signing arsenal, you will also learn more about the Deaf community, including what Deaf people expect to learn about you when you meet for the first time, and the role facial expression plays in sign language.

Getting to Know You

Next, you will build on the introduction you learned in the last lesson and see how to keep the conversation going. You will explore the different customs of conversation in the Deaf community, such as how to know when one person is finished talking and how to take turns. In addition, you will continue to navigate your introduction by adding more information about yourself. Finally, you will gain some additional vocabulary as you learn the signs for colors and numbers 16 to 30.      

Continuing the Conversation

Today, you will learn more signs to help you continue the conversation you started in the two previous lessons. You will learn about the cherished custom Deaf people have of giving name signs, so you will understand what to call yourself, your city, and your state. You will also gain more vocabulary about objects in your living environment. You will learn to sign the types of dwellings people live in and modes of transportation. In addition, you will add to your knowledge of numbers by mastering the signs for numbers 31 to 66. This lesson closes with a discussion about an important issue in the Deaf community: whether deafness is considered a disability.        

Talking About Family

Signing becomes a family affair as you learn signs for family members. You will understand how sign language categorizes the signs for each gender and communication in families with a Deaf person. This includes lipreading and other communication strategies. This lesson closes with the signs for numbers 67 to 100.               

Extended Family and Beyond

This lesson focuses on signs for extended family members. You will also learn signs to describe how you're related to them. Start to put together longer sentences to practice using your new vocabulary. You will be introduced to number systems beginning with age and telling how old family members are.

A Sign for the Times

What time is it? Today, you will discover how to tell time as well as sign the days of the week and other time periods such as minutes and hours. This lesson focuses on how spoken languages handle past, present, and future tenses, and then examine how sign language does this. Finally, you will discover the impact of the "Deaf President Now" movement had on the lives of Deaf people.        

More Time on Your Hands

This lesson teaches signs for additional time frames such as yesterday, today, and tomorrow. You will learn signs for indoor and outdoor activities. Then, you will learn signs for your opinion, so you can explain which activities you like and don't like. You will also learn about CODAs—a group of hearing people unique to the Deaf community.          

Feelings and Traits

Now it's time to learn the signs for feelings and personality traits, and you will combine these signs with signs learned in previous lessons. You will see how to communicate how you're doing, how to ask how others are doing, and how to describe different personal attributes. You will also learn more about Deaf culture—this time, about physical contact and getting the attention of a Deaf person both nearby and across the room. Finally, you will gain tips for practicing your signs.         

Clothing and Hairstyle

In the final lesson, you will learn signs for clothing and hairstyles, such as jacket and long hair. You will learn about classifiers and how to use them with the patterns such as stripes. Then you will learn signs for descriptions such as mustache and beard. You will also explore another important aspect of Deaf culture: teaching hearing babies to sign.               

Food and Animals

The course concludes with a lesson that teaches you to wish a friend happy birthday, offer a birthday treat, and talk about your favorite animal. You will start by learning to sign the months of the year and how to say, "Happy birthday!" You will also learn signs for food and animals. This lesson will cover how English is translated into sign language and the role of the professional sign language interpreter. You will even get some tips on using an interpreter with a Deaf person.

Course 2 - Discover Sign Language II

Lesson 1 - Basic Introductions
In this lesson, you will be reviewing some of the vocabulary from Discover Sign Language 1 and adding some new vocabulary. The objectives for this lesson are for you to be able to build and use phrases and sentences to be able to participate in a basic conversation in ASL. You will also apply ASL grammar to ask and answer basic questions about yourself. You will learn about the origins of ASL in the United States. By the end of the lesson, you will be creating a video introducing yourself in ASL.

Lesson 2 - Asking Basic Questions
In this lesson, you will focus on asking and answering basic questions. A lesson on non manual markers is included to meet the objectives of describing and implementing ASL grammatical features. You will practice these skills on five different scenarios. A cultural highlight regarding the Deaf President Now movement wraps up the lesson. Lastly, you will create a video of yourself signing for the lesson assignment.

Lesson 3 - Emotions
In this lesson, you will focus on signs for emotions and feelings with the goal of being able to ask how someone is feeling and being able to answer if you are asked that same question. Often, conversations have a typical pattern: greeting, introducing yourself, asking about the well-being of the other person, responding, and then concluding with a farewell. Your objectives for this lesson include applying phrases and sentences to hold basic conversational skills while using basic signs for emotions. You will apply ASL grammar to ask and answer basic questions by asking how someone is feeling. Lastly, you will develop your understanding of ASL grammar by describing what role shifting means.

Lesson 4 - Placing Food and Drink Orders
In this lesson, you are learning how to place a restaurant order in ASL using your existing vocabulary and learning a few more signs. It is fairly common for Deaf clubs to meet at local restaurants or food courts. You will use your emerging ASL grammatical skills to ask and answer basic questions while placing a food or drink order. The cultural lesson this time is on famous Deaf Americans.

Lesson 5 - Locating Objects
In this lesson, you will cover vocabulary to answer questions on locating objects, and you will practice answers for when someone needs directions. You will learn how to ask where to find something or answer how to find something. You have learned how to ask, "Where is the bathroom?" But now you need to be able to understand the directions on how to get there.

Lesson 6 - Sports and Recreation
In this lesson, you will be focusing on vocabulary for sports and recreation. Another common topic when conversing with a new person is "What do you do for fun?" While you learned some basic sports and recreation signs in Discover Sign Language 1, now you are going to expand on that topic with some additional vocabulary. Also, you will learn about Deaf Poetry and the Deaflympics.

Lesson 7 - Holidays
Holidays and celebrations are a topic that frequently comes up in conversations. Most gatherings of friends and family are centered around celebrations. In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary for major American holidays and practice communicating appropriate holiday greetings.

Lesson 8 - Emergencies
This is an important lesson, as it is imperative for everyone to be ready for an emergency. As you go through this lesson, you will learn how to ask important questions in ASL during an emergency. You will also be able to recognize when someone is talking about an emergency situation. You have built quite a bit of vocabulary (128 signs!) so far, and you have been working very hard on putting it all together into grammatically correct phrases and sentences. That pattern will continue in this lesson. Lastly, the cultural note for this lesson is on International Sign—what it is and where it is used.

Lesson 9 - Jobs and Careers
In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary for common jobs, careers, and majors to assist you with a common topic of conversation—"What do you do?" Or sometimes, "What is your major?" You will learn about compound signs during the vocabulary portion of the lesson and about the history of Deaf Education in the Deaf Culture section. Lastly, you will be asked to conduct an interview with a member of the Deaf Community.

Lesson 10 - Weather
In this lesson, you will learn vocabulary for weather and seasons. As in previous lessons, you will have the opportunity to observe and practice some language models. The Deaf Culture note for this chapter is about assistive technologies and how the Deaf community uses them.

Lesson 11 - Family
In this lesson, you will expand upon your knowledge of ASL signs for family members. In Discover Sign Language 1, you learned the basics—mom, dad, grandfather, grandmother, and so on. In this lesson, you will expand your knowledge with some other extended family members, as well as nontraditional family members. After all, sometimes your neighbors and coworkers are as close (or closer!) as your family. You will have the opportunity to practice using the videos showcasing the language models. Lastly, the grammar section of this lesson focuses on Noun Verb Pairs.

Lesson 12 - Colors and Animals
In this final lesson, you will focus on colors and animals with the goal of signing a children's storybook as your final assignment. There are several practice activities leading up to the final assignment. The last grammar lesson focuses on classifiers.

Course 3 - Keys to Effective Communication

There are 12 units of study

Module 1: Introduction to the Keys to Effective Communication

In your first lesson, you will learn the qualities that make someone a great communicator, the five components of achievable goals, and how to create win-win situations. You will benefit from setting your own communication goals in clear steps that are easy to reach.

Module 2 : Rapport

Building rapport is the first great key to effective communication. In this lesson, you will learn how to build rapport with almost anyone. And after this lesson, you will become a better listener and know how to keep respect alive in your conversations. You will also learn the art of reflective listening from examples of how others turned frustrating communications into successful ones.

Module 3 : Pacing, Linking and Leading

In this lesson, you will learn how to pace and lead your conversations toward win-win outcomes. You will learn how to contain a conversation, keeping it on track and moving toward your goals. Interrupting gracefully and breaking rapport are skills you will learn to use in uncomfortable situations.

Module 4 : Mastering Learning Styles

In this lesson, you will master the three learning and communication styles. You will uncover your own learning style and learn to spot the communication style of others. These skills will help you share your views with anyone, even those you previously found difficult to communicate with.

Module 5 : Regaining Lost Rapport

This lesson explores some great ways to regain lost rapport and keep conversations positive. When we lose rapport, disagreements flourish, but a skilled communicator can regain lost rapport. You will also learn how to acquire communication flexibility and stay in great rapport with all types of people.

Module 6 : Mastering Motivation

This lesson covers useful motivation strategies. People motivate toward pleasure and away from pain. When you understand how to motivate yourself and others, you get more done. As you master your motivation skills, other things fall into place.

Module 7 : Group Presentations

This lesson focuses on presentation skills. An effective presenter knows how to communicate fluently and has a sense of the atmosphere in a room. An effective presenter creates win-wins so that everyone is happy with the outcome.

Module 8 : Communication in Leadership and Teamwork

Imagine that you're a part of a team in which the leadership is genuine. This lesson explores leadership and teamwork. You will learn how to build a great work or family team where each team member gives one another equal value and respect. You will see how a great leader can elicit and set the goals for his or her team and develop the vision for the group.

Module 9 : Communication with Children

In this lesson, you will learn how to communicate effectively with children. Guiding children is a huge responsibility. Children are very open, and our words go in deeply. You will learn why the early years of a child's life are so important. Information about brain development and early literacy dovetails beautifully with the other wonderful things you will learn in this course.

Module 10 : Subconscious Communication

Your subconscious mind is your deeper mind—it's the part of your mind that's beneath your conscious awareness. When you understand how to talk to your subconscious, you understand how to work with yourself and others to create greater success. In this lesson, you will find out how to use affirmations effectively.

Module 11 : Managing Stressful Communication and Anger

Anger is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to healthy relationships. Learning to manage and control your anger makes you a more powerful communicator and keeps goodwill strong. In this lesson, You will learn how to manage transition times so that change is graceful. You will learn how to hold efficient, productive, and fun family meetings.

Module 12 : Review of the Keys to Effective Communication

In this final lesson, you will reassess your communication goals to see how far you have come and set new goals, so you can apply your skills in other areas. You will gain further insight, enabling you to move past your stuck spots and into being a very effective communicator. You will use these strategies for the rest of your life.

Requirements

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

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Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP, or laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

OSX/iOS 6 or laterModern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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