Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ITP 211
Course Title:
American Sign Language IV
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Focuses on more advanced grammatical features, non-manual markers, language skill development, register continuum, and discourse skill in ASL. Prerequisites: ITP 113 and admission to the Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate respect, knowledge, and understanding of Deaf people and ASL with an appreciation for their linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • Produce ASL using grammatically correct sentence structure in discourse with 70 percent accuracy.
  • Discuss and explain more advanced grammatical features and non-manual behaviors in depth.
  • Produce signs, numbering systems, and fingerspelling clearly within context with appropriate prosody.
  • Depict classifiers, space, grammatical features, and non-manual markers appropriately and accurately.
  • Use transitions, repairs, and cohesion correctly within context.
  • Demonstrate the use of ASL at advanced mid-level.

Course Activities and Design


This course will include live and recorded demonstrations, lectures, drills, videos, small group discussions, student presentations, self-assessment, 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 recordings of students' expressive skill in ASL.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


Course activities include:

  • Small groups will analyze various current issues and practice expressing these topics using classifiers and space appropriately in context
  • Analysis and discussion of pronominalization, discourse markers, cohesion, register, repair techniques, and non-manual markers and how to demonstrate them in ASL; students will continue to demonstrate these skills in context
  • Techniques for giving feedback in a professional and supportive manner
  • Analysis and discussion of sentence types, subjects and objects, locatives, pluralization, temporal aspect, distributional aspect, and time and how to accurately produce them; the students will continue to demonstrate these skills in context
  • Students will engage in self-analysis of expressive skills in two specific areas through recording and watching themselves in order to increase these skills