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Fall 2012

American Sign Language Courses:

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ASL101 - American Sign Language 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: First course in a sequence that develops skills and knowledge needed to become a competent sign communicator. Introduces basic sign vocabulary, principles and linguistic information. Presents structured and supervised practice of everyday vocabulary and various forms of sign communication. Introduces Deaf culture, Deaf education, family relationships, and other relevant topics. Emphasizes ability to use and understand basic Sign in context at the novice level. Instructor determines final placement.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the conclusion of the class, students will be able to:

1.Describe in writing a minimum of three differences between ASL and SEE

2.Explain in writing a minimum of three of four basic components of ASL taught during the semester

3.Demonstrate the ability to hold a basic three minute conversation with the instructor about family, sports, food, and daily activities, in silence *

4.Demonstrate mastery by performance of both receptive and expressive skill in the use of at last 350 out of 400 signs in proper ASL grammar though at least for assignments of interpretation from English to ASL and vice versa

5.Demonstrate mastery by performance of the four parameters of sign language, and a minimal use of the manual alphabet and counting systems as they are incorporated into proper ASL grammar. A minimal use constitutes employing at least 24 letters of the manual alphabet in fingerspelled words, both expressive and receptive, and employing numbers from 1 to 100 in conversation, both expressive and receptive

6.Demonstrate mastery in writing of at least ten Rules of Social Interaction between Deaf and Hearing people and at least ten aspects of Deaf Culture by the end of the semester. *

*This course objective has been identified as student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive assessment plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect: required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Project.




Content Outline:
I Introduction to the course, syllabus, and methodology
Introduction to ASL as a mimetic language; rules for class interaction, and games to relieve stress

II. Family Relationships Questions words

III. Foods

IV. Sports

V. Development of stories, skits, stories including sports, foods, and family

VI. Animals

VII. Daily Activities, including those regarding Emotions, Work, School, and Home

VIII. Occupations

IX. Have the class reintroduce their families with added information on their preferences for sports, animals, and foods and their choices of occupations. Include appropriate spelled names of people and places they work or live.

X. "Survival Signs"-signs to use when all others fail
Signs often confused by hearing or Deaf observers

XI. Emotions

XII. Further development of ASL and emotional expression

XIII. Medical terms

XIV. Introduction to: Interpreting issues
Introduction to: Sign-to-voice interpreting issues

XV. Holidays




Effective Term: Spring 2004