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CCOG for ASL 202 Spring 2024

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Course Number:
ASL 202
Course Title:
American Sign Language V
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Course Description

Continues the work of ASL 201. Continues reviewing and expanding expressive skill, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Covers grammar and vocabulary for the development of expressive and receptive skills. ASL proficiency interview may be required. ASL 201, ASL 202 and ASL 203 covers the same material as ASL 250 and ASL 251 and both cannot be applied to graduation. Recommended: Prerequisite course must have been completed with one year of class enrollment or proficiency interview within one term. Prerequisites: ASL 201 or ASL 250 or department permission.

Addendum to Course Description

This course utilizes dialogues and drills in learning grammar and vocabulary designed to help the students develop expressive/communicative skills.  Cultural information is shared through readings and classroom discussions. Expands on the previous course, major grammatical features of SL to develop communicative and interactive competencies in the language and culture of the Deaf.  This course also introduces an ASL stories to provide receptive practice. Prerequisite ASL 201, or ASL proficiency interview placement into ASL 201.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
· Narrate and describe events in all major time frames (past, present, future) in paragraph length ASL discourse.
· Apply ASL linguistic and grammar features such as the use of restructuring space, classifiers (descriptive, locative, instrument), roleshifting.
· Express information with sufficient accuracy, clarity, and precision to convey the intended message.
· Engage with Deaf communities using an awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and how these unique factors influence Deaf individuals’ accessibility and educational needs.

Integrative Learning

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.

General education philosophy statement

This ASL course teaches American Sign Language and Deaf culture. As part of this course, students will learn how to communicate through a visual language in a culturally appropriate manner. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture and how it relates to other cultures. The lessons learned in this course will increase students’ multicultural awareness and how one’s own culture affects communication.

Course Activities and Design

Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and complete homework assignments. Students may record videos of their work in class, the language lab, or at home as assigned by the instructor. ASL will be used in the classroom at all times; no spoken English is permitted. Students should plan to spend about 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.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The course focuses on the acquisition and correct use of parameters, non-manuals signals, grammatical markers, grammatical structures, functional vocabulary, and cultural concepts for the purpose of successful communication in ASL. Successful students have reviewed, expanded and perfected previously learned material, have practiced, and will be able to use the following communication topics and structures:

  • Complaints and suggestions

  • Requests

  • Personal life events

  • Event sequencing

  • Possessive forms

  • Numbers 100-1000

  • Classifiers

  • Comparisons