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- ASL 101
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- First Year American Sign Language I
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Course DescriptionIntroduction to ASL stressing the development of expressive skill, receptive skill, and cultural awareness through a communication approach. Primary emphasis on the student's active use of the language. Emphasizes active conversational competence in ASL. Includes visual readiness skills, vocabulary, culture and grammar used for meeting communication needs. Proficiency target level: Novice high. For beginners.
Addendum to Course Description
ASL 101 is the first term of a three-term sequence in First Year American Sign Language at the college level. Communicative proficiency is the main objective of the sequence.
This course utilizes the Functional/Notional approach in learning grammar in the context of communicative activities. It is designed to help the students build their receptive skills, learn vocabulary through context, and develop strategies for figuring out meaning and to build upon that foundation. This course uses curriculum from, Signing Naturally, Units 1-6. This course covers Unit 1, Unit 2 plus Timber story from Unit 6, Unit 3 plus The Gum Story. In additional, the DVD See What I Mean: Differences Between Deaf and Hearing: Cultures 2nd Edition will be shown and discussed as part of the course. Signing Naturally, Units 1-6 curriculums first and foremost goal of language teaching is to bring a person unable to communicate in ASL to a basic level of communicative competency. The curriculum and the lessons are designed to help the class and the program meet the five areas of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities outlined by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In addition, students will gain cultural awareness and appreciation.
Due to the design of the curriculum and the lessons, instructors and students will be required to have access to computers to use CD-Rom as part of teaching and to do the assignments. In addition, ASL is a visual language so it is critical that the classrooms are of appropriate sized (square not long and narrow) so the students can sit in a semi-circle and be able to see everyone in order to participate in the dialogues and develop their receptive skill by viewing other students and instructors dialogues. This is critical for a maximum learning environment.
ASL 101 is offered for 5 hours of transferable credit. It satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts as an elective for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the general education requirement for other Association Degrees.
ASL 101 is a course for beginners, so there are no prerequisites. Students whose skill level in ASL is more advanced than that of ASL 101 will not be admitted.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
- participate in simple conversations using expressive ASL skills, basic vocabulary, grammar, facial markers, and non-manual signals to engage in common interactions with Deaf people.
- apply language-learning skills to interactions in the Deaf community
- appreciate the linguistic and cultural diversity of Deaf people and behave with respect and understanding
- meet the skills required for Novice High (ACTFL guideline)
Course Activities and Design
Uses activities and materials from Signing Naturally, Units 1-6; and DVD See What I Mean: Differences Between Deaf and Hearing: Cultures 2nd Edition.
Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and prepare expressive homework assignments. Students may video record their work in the classroom or Lab or at home (as indicated by the instructor). ASL will be used in the classroom at all times. No spoken language or voice will be permitted in the classroom. Students should plan to spend at least one hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class hour.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment strategies include observation of students' in-class receptive and expressive use of ASL, written quizzes on cultural knowledge and on receptive skills, and videotaping of students' expressive use of ASL. Students will be assessed in their competence in using the language as demonstrated by the quality of receptive and expressive preparation and participation and assignments. Attendance is an important factor but it is not used as assessment tool. As part of this course, the students will also take quizzes online through Cyber ASL.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
The course focuses on the acquisition and correct use of parameters, non-manual signals, grammatical markers, grammatical structures, functional vocabulary, and cultural concepts for the purpose of successful communication in ASL. Successful students have practiced, and will be able to use the following communication topics and structures:
Manages introductions and basic getting-to know conversations, greets and says goodbye in culturally appropriate manner
Getting To Know You
Exchanging Personal Information
Telling Where One Lives
Cardinal Numbers 1-10, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-36
Fingerspelling: Fist Letters, Up Letters, Double Letters, Moving Letter Z, Down Letters P, Q, Y
Same or Different 1, 2
Introducing Oneself, Asking Who, Asking What Is the Sign,
Giving Commands: Objects in the Classroom, Locations,
Culture: Getting Attention
Putting It All Together
Identifying Locations: Tic-Tac-Toe, Identifying People, Identifying Which Square 1
Narrating Experience with Languages
Talking about Leisure Activities, about surroundings, where you
Live, about activities, how long, Roommates
Describing Three Types of Shapes
Culture: Negotiating a Signing Environment, Getting Attention
Putting It All Together
Communicating with the Face
Giving Basic Directions: Discussing Ones Residence, Around the Classroom; Expressing Needs, Negotiating the environment
Traveling/Transportation to work or school
Non-manual Signals (conversational behaviors), Grammatical markers, Grammatical Structures
Wh-questions: what, who, where, how-many, which, when, how come, how long
Yes/No questions affirm/negate
Appropriate form, movement, palm orientation, hand position for fingerspelling words and numbers
Verbs noun- verb pairs, action verbs, spatial agreement, modify the verb
Real world orientation using IX-loc, directions, shapes, establish reference point, identify sequences, Signers perspective, describe physical and personality, characteristics, environment , time line
Facial markers (non-manual signals) Cha, mm, oo, etc.
One-person role shift, Two-person role shift
Eye gaze to indicating distances and sizes
Weak hand as reference point, weak hand functioning as a dominant hand
Pauses, engaging the audience
Tell a cohesion story, retell story, setting up of a story