American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL 101 - American Sign Language I

Course Description

Effective: 2019-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

To introduce students to both the practical elements of producing and comprehending American Sign Language (ASL) in common discourse and the Deaf people who use this language

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ASL 102 - American Sign Language II

Course Description

Effective: 2019-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

To continue exposing students to both the practical elements of producing and comprehending American Sign Language (ASL) in common discourse and the Deaf people who use this language.

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ASL 201 - American Sign Language III

Course Description

Effective: 2019-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

To continue to develop intermediate-level ASL conversational fluency and provide students with meaningful interactions exemplifying Deaf culture.

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ASL 202 - American Sign Language IV

Course Description

Effective: 2019-01-01

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

General Course Purpose

To continue to develop intermediate-level ASL conversational fluency and provide students with meaningful interactions exemplifying Deaf culture.

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ASL 208 - ASL for Classroom Settings

Course Description

Effective: 2012-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

To provide a specialized curriculum through which the student can learn and incorporate the use of vocabulary and concepts for academic content areas such as Science, Social Studies, Language, and Math. This course will increase the expressive and receptive skills of the student working with or interpreting for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in academic settings.

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ASL 210 - ASL Storytelling

Course Description

Effective: 2012-08-01

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
3 credits

General Course Purpose

Provides an environment through which the student can learn and incorporate the use of ASL storytelling elements such as body/role shifts, eye gazes, facial expressions, and classifiers. This course will increase the expressive and receptive skills of the student working with or interpreting for Deaf and hard of hearing students in both social and academic settings.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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ASL 212 - Advanced Fingerspelling and Number Uses

Course Description

Effective: 2012-08-01

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.
2-3 credits

General Course Purpose

To provide a controlled atmosphere within which the student can practice the use of fingerspelling and numbers at an equivalent pace with their current ASL course. This course will increase the speed and fluency of numbers challenging the student?s receptive and expressive skills.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

None

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ASL 215 - Sign Tuning

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Provides an opportunity to explore various language elements in American Sign Language (ASL), including advanced and colloquial aspects of phonology, morphology, grammar/syntax, semantics, variation, and historical change.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Total 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this class is to serve as a vehicle of transition for students from the old ASL curriculum to the new ASL AAS program. This course (Sign Tuning) is to expand the ASL lexicon of these students, beginning ASL-English Interpretation students, and to provide an opportunity for students to improve ASL fluency in order to continue effectively in the ASL-English Interpretation AAS curriculum.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

ASL 201

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ASL 220 - Comparative Linguistics: ASL & English

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

To introduce intermediate-level ASL students to the similarities between signed languages and spoken languages in general by describing the major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL.

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ASL 225 - Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits

General Course Purpose

To introduce advanced-level ASL students to the similarities between signed languages and spoken languages in general by exploring some literary and cultural components of English and ASL.

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