• AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1

    This learner-centered course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of American Sign Language. Students acquire basic lexical and grammatical skills that will enable them to communicate in routine social situations within an authentic cultural context. The course promotes an understanding of the differences and similarities among Deaf and Hearing communities and fosters critical thinking through linguistic analysis and the comparison of ASL to English. Tests and quizzes are assessments used for receptive and expressive skill development. Research projects, papers, and presentations are assigned throughout the year. Upon successful completion of ASL 1, students may enroll in ASL 2.

    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2

    Students will continue to build on the language skills acquired in ASL1 by further developing expressive and receptive skills at an intermediate level, acquiring more grammar and lexical skills to enable them to communicate in more complex social and academic situations within an authentic cultural context. Through the integration of receptive and expressive language skills, as well as important cultural concepts, students learn to communicate in the target language with progressively more linguistic competence. Tests and quizzes are assessments used for receptive and expressive skill development. Research projects, papers, and presentations are assigned throughout the year.

    AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 3

    This learner-centered course is designed for students who have taken American Sign Language 1 and 2. Students continue to acquire more complex features of grammar and lexical skills that will enable them to communicate with more fluency and competency in social, academic and professional situations within an authentic cultural context. Using the target language, students will debate and exchange information and opinions on a variety of topics and explore and discuss topics relevant to deafness today. Tests and quizzes are assessments used for receptive and expressive skill development. Research projects, papers, and presentations are assigned throughout the year. This course prepares students for further study and professional careers requiring competence in ASL and understanding of Deaf culture.