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CCOG for ASL 203 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
ASL 203
Course Title:
American Sign Language VI
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Course Description

Continues the work of ASL 202. Emphasizes active communication in ASL, ASL narratives, ASL storytelling, and other topics. 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 within one year of class enrollment or proficiency interview within one term. Prerequisites: ASL 202 or department permission.

Addendum to Course Description

This course utilizes receptive skills through videotapes.  Students are expected to experiment with ASL storytelling and poetry.  Cultural information is shared through readings and classroom discussions. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
· Narrate and describe events in all the major time frames including relevant and supporting facts in a connected, paragraph length ASL discourse.
· Apply ASL linguistic features such as the use of communicative strategies including rephrasing, register, explanation or anecdote.
· Apply expressive skill in narratives and ASL storytelling such as fairytale and folktale.
· 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 recording of students' expressive use of ASL.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The course focuses on the acquisition and correct use of sign production, grammatical structures, functional vocabulary, and cultural concepts for the purpose of successful communication in American Sign Language. Successful students will be able to use the following communication topics and structures:

  • Movement agreement

  • Discourse and transitions

  • Life events

  • Money

  • Poetry

  • Storytelling