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ASL& 121 - American Sign Language I

5 Credits
ASL& 121 is a comprehensive beginning course in American Sign Language, which includes instruction and practice in expressive and receptive language skills and an introduction to the culture and history of the primary users of the language.

Course Note Previously ASL 101.

Designed to Serve Transfer students who need to fulfill a language requirement. Students interested in languages and cultures.
Active Date 2015-02-02

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 30
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
400 core supplemental vocabulary Manual alphabet, plus numbers 1-100 Parameters of signs Sign glosses Classifiers: pronominal, and size and shape specifiers Lexicalized fingerspelling Hand dominance Personal, possessive and plural pronouns Noun-verb pairs Topicalized sentences, yes/no and wh questions Signer’s perspective vs. real world orientation ASL timeline and time-indicators Spatial agreement and contrastive structures American Deaf History, culture and education Community contact hours

Student Learning Outcomes
Students demonstrate an expressive (manual) proficiency in ASL with emphases on clear articulation of the parameters of signs.

Students demonstrate a receptive (visual comprehension) of ASL.

Students demonstrate an ability to use basic grammatical structure.

Students demonstrate an understanding of American Deaf culture and its relationship to mainstream English-hearing and speaking U.S. culture.

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