Learning American Sign Language: Books and Media
Enrolling in sign language classes and meeting deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) is the best way to learn ASL. These approaches will enhance the learning experience and provide opportunities to practice and develop fluency in a conversational setting. There are books and other media that can support your ASL learning.
Online ASL Resources
ASL Deafined is a subscription based website for American Sign Language (ASL) video lessons. The content is for anyone who wishes to learn ASL, regardless of age. It has been designed to instruct deaf students, parents of deaf children, and the community-at-large. You may cancel your subscription at any time. All lessons are taught by nationally certified interpreters.
ASL University is an online curriculum resource for American Sign Language students, instructors, interpreters, and parents of deaf children.
ASL Pro is a website that was created to be a free resource for the classroom teacher. Teachers can create accounts and personalize a quiz for their students' use, then take them into a lab and let them practice seeing models other than their own teacher. Because the signs are designed to be used in student quizzes, Non-Manual Signals are purposefully omitted. It includes a main dictionary, religious signs dictionary, ASL for babies dictionary, and ASL and fingerspelling quizzes. This website is accessible and easy to use. It is recommended that families use this resource in conjunction with taking ASL classes. It provides opportunities for families to develop and improve their ASL skills which will directly impact their child’s development of linguistic competence.
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Baby Signing Time is a great first step into signing! Designed specifically for ages 3-36 months.
Baby Signing Time
Companies Selling ASL Books and Products
Gallaudet University Press sells a variety of ASL texts and other deaf-related resources.
Gallaudet University Press
Compu TTY/Krown Manufacturing
Sells the "Sign Language Translator", a comprehensive dictionary of 3,500 words. A unique feature allows for additional signs to be added by memory card.
Dawn Sign Press offers materials in ASL, books about ASL and more.
Dawn Sign Press
Go Speak English Ltd. Allows, interpreters, translators, teachers, students, companies and language schools to connext with each other and teach or learn sign language all over the world.
Go Speak English Ltd.
Sign Media, Inc. produces videotaped and text materials on American Sign Language and American Deaf culture.
Sign Media, Inc.
TJ Publishers sells ASL texts and other ASL & deaf culture books and resources.
TJ Publishers, Inc.
Amazon.com has an extensive selection of books and resources you can use to learn about ASL. Type "ASL books" in their Search box and you will see a list of books, all with user reviews.
Additional Resources for Learning ASL