In this American Sign Language course, students are taught the basics of language, simple conversations, and topics such as numbers, feelings, yes and no questions, facial expressions, cultural aspects, and more. This course features interactive elements: live instructor-led orientations and weekly lesson review activities, live one-on-one signing appointments, a student discussion board, and an instructor-hosted wiki. There is a strong emphasis on learning to sign more fluently. This is the first course in a four-part ASL series (ASL-041, 043, 051, and 053).