An introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) which includes the development of receptive and expressive skills in authentic situations and an introduction to Deaf culture. This introductory course in ASL uses a natural language approach to introduce culturally appropriate signed concepts related to the immediate environment. Common communicative events and interactions are utilized to acquire a basic working vocabulary and grammar. Course includes development of appropriate linguistic/cultural behaviors and awareness of respect for Deaf culture. Receptive and expressive skills are fostered through interactive ASL lessons without voice.