American Sign Language

American Sign Language

American Sign Language Course Descriptions

Elementary American Sign Language I  (ASL 01.101)
(3 s.h.) (no prerequisites)

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual-gestural language that possesses all of the properties of a natural language. It is rule-governed and has a rich history. This introductory level course is designed to provide students a way to communicate and function comfortably in a variety of situations in the Deaf community. Through visual-gestural activities, guided practice, presentations, and practical assignments, we will explore the language, education, and culture of the American Deaf Community.

Elementary American Sign Language II (ASL 01.102)
(3 s.h.) (Prerequisite: ASL 01.101 with a minimum grade of C-)

 American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual-gestural language that possesses all of the properties of a natural language. It is rule-governed and has a rich history. This introductory level course, which builds on skills acquired in ASL 01101, is designed to provide students a way to communicate and function comfortably in a variety of situations in the Deaf community. Through visual-gestural activities, guided practice, presentations, and practical assignments, we will explore the language, education, and culture of the American Deaf Community.

Intermediate American Sign Language I (ASL 01.201)
(3 s.h.) (Prerequisite: ASL 01.102 with a minimum grade of C-)

The third in a sequence of courses in American Sign Language (ASL), this course focuses on further development of conversational skills in ASL. The course includes extensive work on receptive and expressive use of ASL. It emphasizes the grammatical structure of ASL, particularly its morphology, syntax, and semantics. Students will acquire and expand different conversational strategies and increase ASL vocabulary. Appropriate cultural behaviors and conversational regulators in ASL will continue to be an important part of class. Information of Deaf Culture/history will be expanded. Experience with the local Deaf community is required

Intermediate American Sign Language II (ASL 01.211)
(3 s.h.) (Prerequisite: ASL 01.201 with a minimum grade of C-)

The fourth in a sequence of courses in American Sign Language (ASL), this course focuses on further development of conversational skills in ASL. This course further develops students’ expressive and receptive communication skills. Students demonstrate competency and an in-depth understanding on non-manual behaviors, topic/comment structure sentence types, noun/verb pairs, use of space pronominalization, classifiers, and temporal and distributional aspects. Appropriate culture behaviors and conversational regulators in ASL will continue to be an important part of class. Information on Deaf Culture/history will be expanded. Experience with the local Deaf community is required.