This course is the first course in the introductory American Sign Language (ASL) course sequence. The primary goal is to build a strong foundation for attaining proficiency in American Sign Language and understanding Deaf culture. Students will acquire basic vocabulary and grammar through in-class interactive activities, and out-of-class readings and exercises. Students also will focus on developing visual skills, which are critical to attaining proficiency in ASL. In addition, students will be introduced to Deaf culture and history.