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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog
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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.

Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day, Evening
Designed to Serve Transfer students who need to fulfill a language requirement. Students interested in languages and cultures.
Active Date 20210211T14:42:31

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 25
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
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
Interpersonal. Express self in conversations and correspondence in American Sign Language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Interpretive. Answer questions to demonstrate comprehension of live and recorded American Sign Language on a variety of topics.

Presentational. Present information, concepts, and ideas in American Sign Language to an audience of viewers on a variety of topics.

Cultural. Use culturally appropriate Language that demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices, products and perspectives of American Deaf culture.

Comparisons. Compare and contrast American Sign Language and culture with their own language and culture.

Connections. Present and discuss concepts and information of other disciplines through American Sign Language.

Connections. Present and discuss information and distinctive viewpoints that are only available through American Sign Language and Deaf culture.

Communities.  Reflect on their participation in communities at home and abroad where American Sign Language is used.

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