American Sign Language I

  • Course Number:
    • T460*, part 1 (*Select term S=summer, F=fall, W=winter)
    • T461*, part 2 (*Select term S=summer, F=fall, W=winter)
  • Grade(s) offered: 9-12
  • Credits: .5 (per semester)
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Description: Students in this course are introduced to American Sign Language and Deaf culture, focusing on frequently used signs, basic rules of grammar, introductory finger spelling, and non-manual aspects of ASL (e.g., facial expressions.). Upon completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a beginning conversational level of comprehension when receiving ASL and a beginning level of expressive fluency when using ASL. This course incorporates many experimental activities and successful second language acquisition among students with a variety of learning styles.

Instructional Methods/Assessments: Instructional methods include class/teacher interactive (drill/or practice), paired activities, small group activities, writing assignments (such as compositions and skits), games, listening exercises including tapes, songs and films, and oral presentations. Assessments include expression and receptive tests, homework and special projects.

Recommended Background for Success: Students should be motivated to practice ASL consistently outside the classroom.

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