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SIGN 125 - American Sign Language

4 Credit: (4 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 4 Contact Hours:

This course provides a basic knowledge of American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar and its place in American society. Elements of the communication process, ASL presentation skills, group dynamics and deaf culture are also covered. 
OFFERED: fall semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  The student will explain the basic components of ASL.

Objectives:  The student will:

  1. Expressively recite the manual alphabet and counting system. 
  2. Receptively translate the manual alphabet and counting system. 
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic ASL sentence structure including appropriate question and negation forms and classifiers. 
  4. Correctly use basic manual and facial grammar. 
  5. Construct basic sentences using appropriate time elements and plural forms.

Goal 2:  The student will demonstrate a basic conversational level of ASL.

Objectives:  The student will:

  1. Obtain an approximately 800-word vocabulary by the end of the semester.
  2. Use and comprehend signs.  
  3. Use and comprehend fingerspelling.
  4. Create and recite grammatically correct sentences using appropriate body and facial expression.
  5. Receptively translate signed ASL sentences to proper written English form.
  6. Demonstrate ability to comprehend short ASL dialogues containing vocabulary used in class. 

Goal 3:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic appropriate cultural pragmatics and metalinguistics.

Objectives:  The student will:

  1. Implement culturally appropriate strategies for conversational establishment, maintenance, and conclusion. 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate negotiation of signing environments by attending deaf functions for a minimum of 8 hours, meeting and interacting with deaf individuals via sign language.

Goal 4:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic deaf culture and history.

Objectives:  The student will:

  1. Illustrate knowledge of culturally sensitive terminology.
  2. Explain the differences of cultural and medical models. 
  3. Convey knowledge of ASL heritage and how it was established in America.

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