Full course description
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Description: This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL). It is designed for individuals with no or minimal sign language skills to develop the basics in use of ASL and knowledge of Deaf culture. You will learn the ASL fingerspelling system, correct vocabulary and grammatical use, and how to use your signing space. You will be able to have basic conversations with people in the Deaf culture by practicing in and out of the classroom. This course will be delivered through two hours of lecture and discussion once a week.
Assignments: You will be assessed at how well you have advanced by completing two things: 1) Presenting a two-minute story based off of the vocabulary words you will have learned 2) Writing half-a-page on your experience at a Deaf event or another experience involving Deaf people or Deaf Culture (a movie, a book, etc.). More details on these assignments will be explained on the first day of class.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic issues common to American Deaf culture, it's history and values.
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of grammatical constructs, rules, and functions of American Sign Language through usage, responses, translations, and application in-class conversation.
- Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the rules governing the use of fingerspelling and newly learned signs in conversations.
- Demonstrate the ability to express basic self-generated stories and conversations in ASL.
- Recognize and understand the correct use of ASL through daily practice through application in classroom conversation and translations.
- You will meet the objectives listed through, a combination of attendance and application.
Instructional Method: This course will be conducted via lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice and participation. Most of the class time will be conducted in strictly American Sign Language except for lectures on Deaf history and culture where questions and comments are welcomed.