American Sign Language available in Transparent Language


TEL is pleased to announce that all Tennesseans have the opportunity to learn American Sign Language for free by using Transparent Language Online. ASL is the third most used language, after English and Spanish, and the fourth most studied language in the United States. Go to Transparent Language on TEL, register for a free account, and start signing today!

Created in partnership with Signing Savvy, the ASL course in Transparent Language Online contains 77 lessons covering fingerspelling, over 800 sign videos, and a series of Deaf culture facts. By the end of this 30-hour course, learners will build a good foundation in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture. Learners will start with the manual alphabet to learn the signs/fingerspelling for the 26 letters of the English alphabet. The remaining units focus on the most common, useful signs for beginners, ranging from greetings and conversation basics to numbers and food. 95% of deaf children are born to hearing parents, making access to learn ASL very important for those families. Deaf culture facts and myths are included throughout the course so learners can understand different classifications of deafness, how to be polite when communicating with Deaf people, and beyond.

If you already have a Transparent Language account, you can select American Sign Language from the language list and start learning to sign today!