All the teachers are Deaf, with the possible exception of one who was raised in a Deaf family. They don't just teach the language, they teach about the culture, history, and politics as well. Of course, the program includes two semesters of Deaf Culture and History in the United States, and work in the community, but it's true even in a fingerspelling class. The program developed and used at Vista is used in ASL programs across the country, books and DVDs and all. It's fun to learn from the DVDs and then find those movie stars teaching your class the next semester!