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American Sign Language (ASL) Ancillary Activities and OER Materials

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Featured Activities

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“Spy Mission”
Novice Mid

To begin, students will practice their fingerspelling skills by making a short story as a group. In the main activity, they will play a game while learning about physical descriptions and additional information about a person. Students will get to ask each other questions while assuming a secret identity as a spy.

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Novice High

To begin the activity, students will challenge themselves by testing their knowledge of handshapes.  They will test how many signs they know that use the same handshape. The main activity includes agreeing or disagreeing to questions and explaining why you answered that way.

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“Country Game- Online Activity”
Intermediate Mid

Students will work in a small group to discuss a variety of topics through the lens of comparing different countries. These discussions will be facilitated through a board game, and ASL vocabulary will be embedded.


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About the Pathways Project Materials

Many of the activities on the Pathways Project OER Commons Repository are created by upper-division students at Boise State University and serve as a foundation that our community of practice can build upon and refine. While they are polished, we welcome and encourage collaboration from language instructors to help modify grammar, syntax, and content where needed. Kindly contact us at with any suggestions and we will update the content in a timely manner.