Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ITP 111
Course Title:
American Sign Language I
Credit Hours:
5
Lecture Hours:
50
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Focuses on grammatical features, non-manual markers, and advanced language skill development in ASL. Prerequisites: Admission to Sign Language Interpretation program or Deaf Studies program and department permission required. Recommended: prior public speaking course.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Act with respect, knowledge, and understanding of Deaf people with an appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • Understand and explain grammatical features and non-manual markers of ASL.
  • Produce signs, fingerspelled words, and numbers appropriately with 70 percent accuracy.
  • Depict and identify objects and constructed actions using appropriate classifiers and space.
  • Demonstrate use of ASL at intermediate mid-level. 

Course Activities and Design

This course will include live and recorded demonstrations, lectures, drills, videos, small group discussions, student presentations, and other hands-on activities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies


Assessment strategies include observation of students' in-class receptive and expressive skill in ASL, written quizzes on receptive skill and knowledge of grammatical features, and recording of students' expressive skill in ASL.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


Includes all or most of the following:

  • Various topics and current issues related to politics will be discussed and analyzed as to how to express these topics with appropriate use of depiction and space
  • Parliamentary procedures and terminology will be discussed and students will run a mock meeting
  • Pledge of allegiance to the Flag and National Anthem will be discussed and practiced signing them
  • Application of grammatical features and non-manual markers will be analyzed and discussed
  • Techniques for giving feedback in a professional and supportive manner

Related Instruction

Communication
Hours: 75

  • Act with respect, knowledge and understanding of Deaf people and
  • ASL with an appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Understand and explain grammatical features and non-manual aspects of ASL
  • Produce signs, fingerspelled words, and numbers appropriately with 70 percent accuracy
  • Depict and identify objects and constructed actions using appropriate classifiers and space
  • Demonstrate use of ASL at intermediate mid-level. 

This course will include live and videotaped demonstrations, lectures, drills, videotapes, small group discussions, student presentations, and other hands-on activities.

  • Preparation and presentation of specific topics and language skill 
  • Documentation of the presentation by videoing their work
  • Direct instruction and feedback from peers and instructor on their signed performance, and receptive skills on a variety of academic topics.
  • Application of language skill to professional setting academic level language, requiring a greater understanding of vocabulary and register.
  • Adjust the discourse as necessary to adhere to the standards of academic ASL including audience analysis, message organization, and developing confidence in one's presentational skills.