A basic course in American Sign Language with focus on everyday communication. Topics center around personal information and the immediate environment, including introducing oneself, exchanging personal information and communicating about surroundings and home. Grammar is introduced in context, with an emphasis on developing question and answer skills. Students rehearse conversation strategies for getting attention, asking for clarification, and correcting information to minimize misunderstanding. This course is equivalent to the first semester of the first year of high school Language Other Than English.