American Sign Language Course Descriptions

ASL111 First Year ASL, Term 1
Introduces American Sign Language (ASL), supported by expressive and receptive readiness activities, finger-spelling techniques, vocabulary, grammar, and guided communication. Covers Deaf Culture and community as well as historical aspects through reading, writing, and short signed or video-recorded conversations. Uses ASL as the primary language in the classroom. Course has an online component that requires students to use internet resources for coursework. Prerequisite: Internet skills. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

ASL112 First Year ASL, Term 2
Continues study in American Sign Language (ASL), supported by vocabulary, grammar, and guided conversation. Introduces various sign system and methods of communication used by deaf, deaf-blind, non-signing deaf, hard-of-hearing and late-deafened individuals. Discusses information about various perspectives of these community members. Presents Deaf Culture and community as well as historical aspects through reading, writing, and short signed or video-recorded conversations/presentations. Uses ASL as the primary language in the classroom. Course has an online component that requires students to use internet resources for coursework. Prerequisite: ASL111 with a grade of C or better within the past year; and internet skills; or consent of instructor. W, Sp, Su, Offered as needed
4 Credits

ASL113 First Year ASL, Term 3
Continues American Sign Language (ASL), supported by vocabulary, grammar, and active communication. Presents Deaf Culture and community as well as historical aspects through reading, writing, and short signed or video-recorded presentations. Uses ASL as the primary language in the classroom. Course has an online component that requires students to use internet resources for coursework. Prerequisite: ASL112 with a grade of C or better within the past year; and internet skills; or consent of instructor. Sp, Su, Offered as needed
4 Credits

ASL211 Second Year ASL, Term 1
Continues development of expressive and receptive skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) first year. Expands vocabulary and introduces forms of ASL literature. Continues study in complex grammatical structures. Explores issues pertaining to the Deaf Community and multiculturalism, not limited to ethnic differences but also other perspectives including Deaf with other disabilities and gay, lesbian and transgender cultural issues. Uses ASL for classroom interaction and instruction. Course has an online component that requires students to use internet resources for coursework. Prerequisite: ASL113 with a grade of C or better within the past year; and internet skills; or consent of instructor. F, Offered as needed
4 Credits

ASL212 Second Year ASL, Term 2
Continues development of expressive and receptive skills learned in ASL211. Expands vocabulary and continues study in forms of ASL literature. Also continues complex grammatical structures. Explores concepts of linguistics as it relates to variations in ASL. Emphasizes current research as well as field work. Introduces basic transcription and analysis of signing from video/digital as well as interviews. Uses ASL for classroom interaction and instruction. This course has an online component that requires students to use internet resources for coursework. Prerequisite: ASL211 with a grade of C or better within the past year; and internet skills; or consent of instructor. W, Offered as needed
4 Credits

ASL213 Second Year ASL, Term 3
Continues development of expressive and receptive skills learned in ASL212. Expands vocabulary and continues study and performance of forms of American Sign Language (ASL) literature. Continues to analyze complex grammatical structures. Explores concepts of linguistics as it relates to variations in ASL. Emphasizes current research as well as field work. Performs more advanced transcription and analysis of signing from video/digital as well as interviews. Uses ASL for classroom interaction and instruction. This course has an online component that requires students to use internet resources for coursework. Prerequisite: ASL212 with a grade of C or better within the past year; and internet skills; or consent of instructor. Sp, Offered as needed
4 Credits