American Sign Language (ASL) at Northern Virginia Community College


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ASL 100 - Orientation to Acquisition of ASL As an Adult
Presents a brief introduction to the U.S. Deaf Community, focusing on the differences in language and literature. Introduces many common pitfalls experienced by adults when acquiring ASL as a second language. Provides students with an experience bridging spoken English and ASL via use of visual- gestural, non-verbal communication.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
ASL 101 - American Sign Language I
Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Part I of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 1-2 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ASL 102 - American Sign Language II
Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Part II of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 1-2 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ASL 115 - Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL
Provides intensive practice in comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy. Focuses on lexicalized fingerspelling and numeral incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language. Prerequisite ASL 101 or permission of instructor.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
ASL 125 - History & Culture of the Deaf Community I
Presents an overview of various aspects of Deaf Culture, including educational and legal issues.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ASL 150 - Working with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People
Explores career options for serving Deaf/hard-of-hearing people and/or for using American Sign Language skills in a career. Examines interests, skills, and educational assessments. Investigates job market viability via the Internet and professional periodicals. Develops opportunities for students to network with professionals in the field of deafness.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
ASL 201 - American Sign Language III
Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Contact with the Deaf Community is encouraged to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part I of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 1-2 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ASL 202 - American Sign Language IV
Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Contact with the Deaf Community is encouraged to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part II of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 1-2 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ASL 208 - ASL for Classroom Settings
Provides extensive instruction of vocabulary and concepts used in content areas covered in elementary and high school classrooms. Focuses on comprehension and production of content-related information in American Sign Language with emphasis on sign production clarity and conceptual accuracy.
Lecture Hours: 3, Total Contact Hours: 3
3 credits
ASL 210 - ASL Storytelling
Focuses on the elements of storytelling in American Sign Language and the techniques that deaf individuals utilize to pass on the histories and traditions of the deaf community. Emphasizes comprehension and production of short stories in American Sign Language with emphasis on sign production clarity and conceptual accuracy.
Lecture 3 hours, 3 Contact hours
None
3 credits
ASL 212 - Advanced Fingerspelling and Number Uses
Provides intensive practice in advanced comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy. Focuses on lexicalized fingerspelling and numeral incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language.
(2-3 Cr.) Lecture 2-3 hours. Total 2-3 hours per week.
None
2-3 credits
ASL 220 - Comparative Linguistics: ASL & English
Describes spoken English and ASL (American Sign Language) on five levels: phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactic, and discourse. Compares and contrasts the two languages on all five levels using real-world examples. Documents similarities between signed languages and spoken languages in general. Describes the major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL. Introduces basic theories regarding ASL structure. Emphasizes ASL's status as a natural language by comparing and contrasting similarities and unique differences between the two languages. Prerequisite: ASL 201.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ASL 225 - Literature of the U. S. Deaf Community
Presents an overviews of various aspects of literature common in the U.S. Deaf Community, including those forms written in English and those forms signed in ASL. Applies the recurring themes and metaphors in the context of the history of the U.S. Deaf Community. Prerequisites: ASL 125, ASL 202 and ASL 220 or equivalent.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
ASL 261 - American Sign Language V
Develops advanced American Sign Language comprehension and production skills. Emphasizes advanced linguistic aspects of ASL. Presents ASL literary forms. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community. Prerequisite: ASL 202. Part I of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ASL 262 - American Sign Language VI
Develops advanced American Sign Language comprehension and production skills. Emphasizes advanced linguistic aspects of ASL. Presents ASL literary forms. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community. Prerequisite: ASL 202. Part II of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
ASL 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits