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Learn American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language with its own grammar and word order. As Spanish is different than English, so ASL is not just signing English words.

People often ask SWM how they can begin learning ASL, improve their signing skills, become an interpreter, or get the training necessary for interpreter certification. Below is a list of resources from SWM, followed by programs that have been recommended.

Please note that SWM does not officially endorse or recommend programs outside of our ministry.


SWM Materials

SWM Events

SWM ASL Institute

ASL Institute (ASLI) is an annual sign language workshop specifically for church interpreters and deaf ministries. Classes are provided all levels of signers from beginner to advanced.  —  (3 Days • Offered in 2 Locations) — CEUs Available

SWM Area-wide Fantastic Saturdays

Fantastic Saturdays (FS) and D-Days (Deaf Days) are free, area-wide, all-day workshops for deaf people, deaf ministry workers and hearing people. The day is filled with excitement, encouragement, and fun. Everyone is invited to attend. All teaching will be voiced and signed. SWM literature and materials will be available at discounted prices. Lunch is provided by the host church. A love offering will be received. We look forward to seeing you at a Fantastic Saturday or D-Day in your area.

Self-study Program

ASL University

From their website: “ASLU is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center. ASLU provides many free self-study materials, lessons, and information, as well as fee-based instructor-guided courses. Many instructors use the ASLU lessons as a free “textbook” for their local ASL classes.” — Online Only

College Programs

Bethel University

From their website: “We are a private, Christian university, offering over 50 areas of study in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Our community is dedicated to guiding students on their academic journey while building relationships that last a lifetime.” — Located in Mishawaka, IN

Liberty University

From their website: “At Liberty University, you can tailor your associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree to match your area of interest while studying at our Central Virginia campus or globally online. Certificates are also available at both the undergraduate and graduate level.” — Located in Lynchburg, VA

*Naturally, there may be other programs available.