American Sign Language
ASL 101 American Sign Language I (4)
The first in a related series of courses that focus on the use and study of American Sign Language (ASL), the language that is widely used by Deaf Americans. This course includes basic ASL vocabulary, grammatical structures and conversational behaviors. Students are introduced to the values and beliefs shared by members of Deaf Culture and the behavioral norms of the Deaf Community.
ASL 102 American Sign Language II (4)
Second in a related series of courses that focus on the use and study of ASL. This course includes intermediate ASL vocabulary, grammatical structures and conversational behaviors. Special emphasis on developing more awareness of the cultural values and beliefs shared by the Deaf Community.
ASL 103 American Sign Language III (4)
Third in a related series of courses that focus on the use and study of ASL. Course continues to increase ASL vocabulary, grammatical structures and in depth cultural awareness. Cultural information centers upon the ways in which hearing people can work with Deaf people to establish culturally-appropriate relationships.
ASL 201 American Sign Language IV (4)
Provides students with the opportunity to develop and use stories and language activities in both receptive and expressive modes. Nonmanual behavior, ASL structure and fluency will be included to challenge students’ ability to increase expressive and receptive skills in ASL. Perspectives on Deaf Culture will be discussed.
ASL 202 American Sign Language V (4)
Provides opportunities to expand expressive and receptive use of the language at an advanced level. Special focus will be placed on increasing sign clarity, fluency and nonmanual behavior. Deaf Culture will be included in class discussions.
ASL 203 American Sign Language VI (4)
Sixth in a related series of courses that focus on the use and study of ASL. Includes ways in which signers construct meaning and messages in ASL, grammatical variation and discourse strategies over a variety of topics. Emphasis is on accuracy and fluency.
ASL 301 American Sign Language VII (4)
Course provides students with opportunities to expand expressive and receptive use of ASL, including a variety of special topics at an advanced level. Special emphasis will be placed on increasing spatial use, ASL fluency and nonmanual behaviors.
ASL 302 American Sign Language VIII (4)
Second course in an advanced series of the study of the use of ASL Students will be given opportunities to increase expressive and receptive skills through activities and class discussions, including a variety of special topics at an advanced level. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the importance of spatialization, nonmanual grammar and morphology, and discourse features of ASL, such as register and academic language use.
ASL 303 American Sign Language IX (4)
Third course in an advanced series of the study of language use. Students will have opportunity to utilize a variety of ASL concepts and complex grammar for use in a variety of genres. Focus will be on building presentation skills including language skills needed to expand on ideas or concepts. Self-generated dialogues and presentations initiated by students will be the major activity. Special emphasis on understanding the importance of ASL literature and sociolinguistics.
ASL 310 American Sign Language Cherology/Phonology (3)
Study of the cherological/phonological system in ASL, including methods of classifying and describing cheremes/phonemes in ASL and the relevance of this base to cherological/phonological analysis. The production, perception and transcription of ASL cheremes/phonemes and methods for determining the cherological/phonological patterns of ASL will be examined. Cherological/phonological processes will be analyzed. Prerequisites: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, LING 210, or permission of instructor
ASL 315 American Deaf Culture (3)
Course introduces major aspects of Deaf culture: 1) the history of Deaf people; 2) the community and culture of Deaf people; and 3) the literature and folklore of Deaf people. Prerequisite: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201,202, 203, or permission of instructor
ASL 320 American Sign Language Morphology (3)
Focuses on the study of morphological analysis. Data from many languages will be analyzed, but the primary focus will be on ASL morphology. Methods of determining the morphological patterns of language will be examined. Prerequisite: ASL 101,102, 103, 201, 202, 203, LING 210, or permission of instructor
ASL 325 American Sign Language Literature (3)
Introduces aspects of ASL literature, including poetry, narrative, theatre and drama. Original works will be studied, analyzed and compared. Prerequisites: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, or permission of instructor
ASL 330 Special Topics in American Sign Language (4)
Introduction to specific topics and content areas in ASL discourse. Topics include mathematics, history, science, art, sports, psychology, health, biology, computer and mental health/medical. Receptive and expressive skills in ASL will be enhanced. Skills related to research in sign language discourse will be introduced. Prerequisites: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, or permission of instructor
ASL 415 American Sign Language Syntax and Semantics (3)
Focuses on the study of syntactic structure and its interaction with meaning. Word order, lexical categories, sentence types, clause structure, topicalization and sentences with transitive, intransitive and agreement verbs will be studied. Types of meaning, the meaning of individual signs and the meaning of sentences will be analyzed. Prerequisite: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, LING 210, or permission of instructor
ASL 420 Sociolinguistics of Deaf Communities (3)
Focuses on the sociolinguistic factors that affect language variation and language change. Socio-linguistic factors that influence communication and strategies for analyzing discourse will be identified and described. Language contact, language change, and language policy and planning in Deaf communities will be examined. Prerequisite: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, LING 210, or permission of instructor
ASL 425 Introduction to American Sign Language Teaching (3)
Introduces the major theories of second language acquisition and teaching and applies these approaches to ASL instruction. The course will explore similarities and differences between L1 and L2 acquisition. Factors which influence language acquisition will also be examined. ASL instructional practices and current assumptions about ASL acquisition and learning will be examined. Prerequisite: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, LING 210, or permission of instructor
ASL 430 Methodology and Curriculum: American Sign Language Teaching (3)
Focuses on theories of second language acquisition and approaches to developing and implementing classroom methods and strategies for second language teaching, primarily teaching ASL. Factors influencing student-teacher interaction will be examined. The relationship of language to culture, strategies for second language instruction and current approaches to ASL teaching will be examined. Prerequisite: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, LING 210, or permission of instructor
ASL 435 Mentoring for ASL Specialists and Teachers (3)
This course prepares experienced ASL specialists and teachers with skills and knowledge to become mentors and resource specialists for less experienced or entry-level ASL specialists and teachers. Special focus will be on various assessment and evaluation strategies that can be applied to mentoring. Prerequisite: ASL 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, LING 210, or permission of instructor
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