American Sign Language (ASL) at Thomas Nelson 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 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 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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