American Sign Language (ASL) at New River Community College


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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. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Part I of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
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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. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Part II of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
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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. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part I of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
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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. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part II of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
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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.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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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