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Anthony C. Woodbury, Chair CLA 4.304, Mailcode B5100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1701

Franky L Schussel

Senior Lecturer MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Franky L Schussel

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ASL 610D • American Sign Language II: Beg

39905 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 900am-1100am CLA 0.104
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This course focuses on developing Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid proficiency following ACTFL speaking guidelines. The course covers more complex grammatical structures (e.g., use of classifier constructions and grammatical non-manual signals such as referential shift) and vocabulary items (e.g., the ASL numbering system including numeral incorporation and lexicalized fingerspelling). Students develop skills for engaging in conversations and discussions in ASL, and much focus is placed on interactive activities with peers on topics such as family and occupations, describing routines and activities, and making requests. Students continue to learn about Deaf Culture and the Deaf community (e.g., historical events and important figures in the community).

ASL 350 • American Sign Language Lit

39935 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CLA 0.104
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The course is designed to expand conversational skills using the ASL Literature series. The goals are to further refine competence in and performance of all grammatical features. Language activities and cross-cultural discussions may be part of the course. Further activities may include, but are not limited to, linguistic aspects of ASL, storytelling specifically the use of role-shifts and classifiers, stories on current events and strategic interactions. ASL Literature will include ASL literature genre, ASL poetry, Fictional, Non-Fiction, Video – group discussion, Open discussions may be encouraged to explore issues and how best to conduct oneself in given situations. Panel discussions may be administered on given topics, such as Culture (Deaf vs. Hearing), Perspective (ASL, Sign Contact, Literature genres) and History (Deaf President Now, Tent City, Past and Present history).  We will cover some genres that our Deaf community value and use often in their daily lives throughout the the past several decades!  This means the class will focus mostly on visual ASL literature in contrast to English literature, which is a heavily textually based literature.

Requirements:Over the course of the semester students will complete: ASL Literature video-analysis assignments and group discussion, video projects ofGenres of ASL Literature (Poetry, Storytelling, Fictional, Non-fiction) and Deaf Studies Presentation. The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community.

No Textbook.

ASL 601D • American Sign Language I: Beg

40920 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 800am-1000am PAR 105
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This course focuses on developing comprehension and production skills in order to achieve Novice-High proficiency following ACTFL speaking guidelines*. Students work on developing perceptual, attentional, manual, and non-manual skills necessary to learn ASL. The course introduces the student to vocabulary and grammar for elementary interactions, exchanging personal information, talking about surroundings, giving directions, and describing various activities. Elementary concepts concerning Deaf culture (e.g., values and social norms) are also introduced.

ASL 601D • American Sign Language I: Beg

40930 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 1000am-1200pm CLA 4.222
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This course focuses on developing comprehension and production skills in order to achieve Novice-High proficiency following ACTFL speaking guidelines*. Students work on developing perceptual, attentional, manual, and non-manual skills necessary to learn ASL. The course introduces the student to vocabulary and grammar for elementary interactions, exchanging personal information, talking about surroundings, giving directions, and describing various activities. Elementary concepts concerning Deaf culture (e.g., values and social norms) are also introduced.

ASL 610D • American Sign Language II: Beg

41295 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 900am-1100am CLA 1.102
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This course focuses on developing Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid proficiency following ACTFL speaking guidelines. The course covers more complex grammatical structures (e.g., use of classifier constructions and grammatical non-manual signals such as referential shift) and vocabulary items (e.g., the ASL numbering system including numeral incorporation and lexicalized fingerspelling). Students develop skills for engaging in conversations and discussions in ASL, and much focus is placed on interactive activities with peers on topics such as family and occupations, describing routines and activities, and making requests. Students continue to learn about Deaf Culture and the Deaf community (e.g., historical events and important figures in the community).

ASL 350 • American Sign Lang Literature

41345 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am JES A303A
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The course is designed to expand conversational skills using the ASL Literature series. The goals are to further refine competence in and performance of all grammatical features. Language activities and cross-cultural discussions may be part of the course. Further activities may include, but are not limited to, linguistic aspects of ASL, storytelling specifically the use of role-shifts and classifiers, stories on current events and strategic interactions. ASL Literature will include ASL literature genre, ASL poetry, Fictional, Non-Fiction, Video – group discussion, Open discussions may be encouraged to explore issues and how best to conduct oneself in given situations. Panel discussions may be administered on given topics, such as Culture (Deaf vs. Hearing), Perspective (ASL, Sign Contact, Literature genres) and History (Deaf President Now, Tent City, Past and Present history).  We will cover some genres that our Deaf community value and use often in their daily lives throughout the the past several decades!  This means the class will focus mostly on visual ASL literature in contrast to English literature, which is a heavily textually based literature.

Requirements:Over the course of the semester students will complete: ASL Literature video-analysis assignments and group discussion, video projects ofGenres of ASL Literature (Poetry, Storytelling, Fictional, Non-fiction) and Deaf Studies Presentation. The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community.

No Textbook.

ASL 601D • American Sign Language I: Beg

41165 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1200pm GAR 0.128
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This course focuses on developing comprehension and production skills in order to achieve Novice-High proficiency following ACTFL speaking guidelines*. Students work on developing perceptual, attentional, manual, and non-manual skills necessary to learn ASL. The course introduces the student to vocabulary and grammar for elementary interactions, exchanging personal information, talking about surroundings, giving directions, and describing various activities. Elementary concepts concerning Deaf culture (e.g., values and social norms) are also introduced.

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

41195 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am GAR 1.126
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ASL 507 or equivalent with  a grade of C- (70%) or higher.

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details).
 
Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks:

Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and Smith

For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

41200 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CLA 0.104
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ASL 507 or equivalent with  a grade of C- (70%) or higher.

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details).
 
Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks:

Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and Smith

For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

41205 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 0.104
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ASL 507 or equivalent with  a grade of C- (70%) or higher.

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details).
 
Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks:

Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and Smith

For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet

ASL 507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40800 • Spring 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm GAR 3.116
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Prerequisites: ASL 506 or equivalent with a grade of C- or higher

 
ASL 507 is a second-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language fluency but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  The course is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-low to intermediate-mid language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).

 
Course study includes ASL grammatical structures, non-manual behaviors, vocabulary and classifiers, fingerspelling and numbers, communication skills (conversations and discussions), and other language functions. Most of the learning activities are based on the text, Signing Naturally Level 1, Units 8-12 and 17. These activities will include interactive activities such as describing others, making requests, talking about family and occupations, attributing qualities to others, talking about routines and talking about weekend activities. Supporting studies include attendance at Deaf events, film and video viewing, ASL literary readings, and other analytical activities.

 

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS:

 
1)  Signing Naturally Units 7-12, A Student Workbook and Videotext by Smith, Lentz and Mikos


2) For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore & Levitan


3) One Course Packet for ASL 507, Seeger, Connolly, White, & Wynne

ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40810 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 900am-1000am GAR 3.116
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This course will compare two languages: American Sign Language and English and will study their use. In this course, we will introduce you to grammatical aspects of American Sign Language, written English and contact signing. Contact sign derives from the interaction of the two languages and is an important source of language variation in sign. The course will assist students in seeing different grammatical structures by showing these structures on videotape in class. Students will demonstrate signing in ASL in ten grammatical topic areas: topic/comment structure, yes/no question formats; wh-question formats; rhetorical question formats; directionality; use of space; negation; classifiers; conditionals; and time sequencing ordering. There will be homework video assignments. Additionally, the course will examine selected words that have multiple meanings. Students will choose appropriate signs to reflect accurate conceptual meanings. This course is appropriate for students who completed ASL 312K or ASL 4 (specifically Signing Naturally Level I and Level II) from other colleges. The course is designed to support a student's development of advanced low proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).

Required Texts:

1.  SIGNING NATURALLY LEVEL III, STUDENT WORKBOOK AND VIDEOTEXT.  Authors: Smith, Lentz, and Mikos.

2.  COURSE PACKET

3.  Triumph of the Spirit: The DPN Chronicle, by Dr. Angel Ramos

ASL 350 • American Sign Lang Literature

40835 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm GAR 3.116
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The course is designed to expand conversational skills using the ASL Literature series. The goals are to further refine competence in and performance of all grammatical features. Language activities and cross-cultural discussions may be part of the course. Further activities may include, but are not limited to, linguistic aspects of ASL, storytelling specifically the use of role-shifts and classifiers, stories on current events and strategic interactions. ASL Literature will include ASL literature genre, ASL poetry, Fictional, Non-Fiction, Video – group discussion, Open discussions may be encouraged to explore issues and how best to conduct oneself in given situations. Panel discussions may be administered on given topics, such as Culture (Deaf vs. Hearing), Perspective (ASL, Sign Contact, Literature genres) and History (Deaf President Now, Tent City, Past and Present history).  We will cover some genres that our Deaf community value and use often in their daily lives throughout the the past several decades!  This means the class will focus mostly on visual ASL literature in contrast to English literature, which is a heavily textually based literature.

Requirements:Over the course of the semester students will complete: ASL Literature video-analysis assignments and group discussion, video projects ofGenres of ASL Literature (Poetry, Storytelling, Fictional, Non-fiction) and Deaf Studies Presentation. The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community.

No Textbook.

ASL 611C • Accel Second-Yr Amer Sign Lang

40640 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 900am-1100am PAR 303
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Prerequisites: ASL 507 or equivalent with a grade of C (70%) or higher.Course Description: ASL 611C combines content from two previously offered second-year courses (ASL 312K & 312L) to form a single 6-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines athttp://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details). Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 6 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Topics that will be covered include: • Complex grammatical features of ASL • Use of the signing space for grammatical purposes, classifier descriptions, and appropriate role shifting demonstrations • Use of non-manual signals that serve to modify signs and phrases • Exposure to a varied and specialized vocabulary including numbers in ASL, idiomatic signs, and conceptually-accurate signs • Narrative techniques in ASL • Sociolinguistic variation in ASL

Requirements: Over the course of the semester students will complete: four exams, several quizzes, various video-analysis assignments, and a volunteer activity project. The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community. For the volunteer activity project, students will be expected to attend Deaf events in the community (in some cases there will also exist volunteer opportunities at these events) to encourage interaction with daily users of ASL, and those experiences will be documented in an ASL narrative created by each student.

REQUIRED TEXTs AND MATERIALS:

1) SIGNING NATURALLY LEVEL II and III, STUDENT WORKBOOK AND VIDEOTEXT. Authors: Smith, Lentz, and Mikos.

2) COURSE PACKET at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 140

3) For Hearing People Only, Authors: Matthew S. Moore & Linda Levitan, 3rd Edition

4) Triumph of the Spirit: The DPN Chronicle, by Dr. Angel Ramos

5) Use Dropbox.com for your video storage

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40645 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 206
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ASL 507 or equivalent with  a grade of C- (70%) or higher.

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details).
 
Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks:

Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and Smith

For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40650 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm PAR 208
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ASL 507 or equivalent with  a grade of C- (70%) or higher.

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details).
 
Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks:

Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and Smith

For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet

ASL S312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

86235 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTH 830am-1030am WEL 3.402
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This course will examine the expository and narrative conceptual aspects of American Sign Language. It is an intermediate ASL course that will include the following themes: 1) conversational skills; 2) translating written text into ASL; 3) conceptual presentation; 4) retelling/analyzing ASL stories; 5) grammatical aspects; 6) conceptually accurate signs including definitions & semantic signs; and 7) Deaf Culturenorms and values. Regarding the production part, the students will provide a video project for each unit that presents narratives with ASL aspects. ASL 312L forms single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines athttp://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).

Prerequisites: ASL 312K with at least a C (70%) or above; or completed ASL 4, specifically using Signing Naturally 1 & 2 from other colleges oruniversities.

REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS:

1. SIGNING NATURALLY LEVEL III, STUDENT WORKBOOK AND VIDEOTEXT. Authors: Smith, Lentz, and Mikos.

2. COURSE PACKET: ASL 312L at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 140

3. Triumph of the Spirit: The DPN Chronicle, by Dr. Angel Ramos

4. Internet access to UT Blackboard and Dropbox.com (MANDATORY)

5. One 8 GB (minimum) USB Flash Drive

ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40650 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 900am-1000am PAR 101
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This course will compare two languages: American Sign Language and English and will study their use. In this course, we will introduce you to grammatical aspects of American Sign Language, written English and contact signing. Contact sign derives from the interaction of the two languages and is an important source of language variation in sign. The course will assist students in seeing different grammatical structures by showing these structures on videotape in class. Students will demonstrate signing in ASL in ten grammatical topic areas: topic/comment structure, yes/no question formats; wh-question formats; rhetorical question formats; directionality; use of space; negation; classifiers; conditionals; and time sequencing ordering. There will be homework video assignments. Additionally, the course will examine selected words that have multiple meanings. Students will choose appropriate signs to reflect accurate conceptual meanings. This course is appropriate for students who completed ASL 312K or ASL 4 (specifically Signing Naturally Level I and Level II) from other colleges. The course is designed to support a student's development of advanced low proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).


Required Texts:


1. "Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture" by Padden and Humphries,

2. “Course 2001: Instructional Guide ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translations” by Cassell and McCaffrey

3. Course packet

ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40655 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am PAR 306
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This course will compare two languages: American Sign Language and English and will study their use. In this course, we will introduce you to grammatical aspects of American Sign Language, written English and contact signing. Contact sign derives from the interaction of the two languages and is an important source of language variation in sign. The course will assist students in seeing different grammatical structures by showing these structures on videotape in class. Students will demonstrate signing in ASL in ten grammatical topic areas: topic/comment structure, yes/no question formats; wh-question formats; rhetorical question formats; directionality; use of space; negation; classifiers; conditionals; and time sequencing ordering. There will be homework video assignments. Additionally, the course will examine selected words that have multiple meanings. Students will choose appropriate signs to reflect accurate conceptual meanings. This course is appropriate for students who completed ASL 312K or ASL 4 (specifically Signing Naturally Level I and Level II) from other colleges. The course is designed to support a student's development of advanced low proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).


Required Texts:


1. "Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture" by Padden and Humphries,

2. “Course 2001: Instructional Guide ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translations” by Cassell and McCaffrey

3. Course packet

ASL 350 • American Sign Lang Literature

40680 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm JES A305A
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Prererequisites: This course is for students who have completed ASL 320, or are currently taking ASL 312L, (or who have completed ASL 5 at other colleges) and equivalent with a grade of C (70%) or higher. It involves extensive exposure to body language and American Sign Language allowing the development of advanced communication skills used with Deaf people.

ASL 350 forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf> for further details).The course is designed to expand conversational skills using the ASL Literature series. The goals are to further refine competence in and performance of all grammatical features. Language activities and cross-cultural discussions may be part of the course. Further activities may include, but are not limited to, linguistic aspects of ASL, storytelling specifically the use of role-shifts & classifiers, stories on current events and strategic interactions. ASL Literature will include ASL literature genres, ASL poetry, fiction, non-fiction, videos, and group discussions. Open discussions may be encouraged to explore issues and how best to conduct oneself in given situations. Panel discussions may be administered on given topics, such as Culture (Deaf vs. Hearing), Perspectives (ASL, Sign Contact, Literature genres) and History (Deaf President Now, Tent City, past and present history). We will cover some genres that our Deaf community values and has used often in their daily lives throughout the decades! This means the class will focus mostly on visual ASL literature in contrast to English literature, which is a heavily textually based literature.COURSE RATIONALE: American Sign Language is the language of a sizable minority, estimates range from 500,000 to two million speakers in the U.S. alone. In addition, many Deaf Canadians use ASL. For more information, you can look at this website: http://library.gallaudet.edu/Library/Deaf_Research_Help/Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQs)/Sign_Language/ASL_Ranking_and_Number_of_Speakers.html <http://library.gallaudet.edu/Library/Deaf_Research_Help/Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQs)/Sign_Language/ASL_Ranking_and_Number_of_Speakers.html>

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Topics that will be covered include:· Complex grammatical features of ASL including use of the signing space for grammatical purposes, classifier descriptions, and appropriate role shifting demonstrations, use of non-manual signals that serve to modify signs and phrases· Narrative techniques in ASL· Sociolinguistic variation in ASLRequirements:Over the course of the semester students will complete: ASL Literature video-analysis assignments and group discussion, video projects of Genres of ASL Literature (Poetry, Storytelling, Fictional, Non-fiction), and Research/Final Presentation, various video-analysis assignments, and a volunteer activity project. The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community. For the volunteer activity project, students will be expected to attend Deaf events in the community (in some cases there will also exist volunteer opportunities at these events) to encourage interaction with daily users of ASL, and those experiences will be documented in an ASL narrative created by each student.

REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS:

1. American Sign Language: Literature Series - Bird of a Different Feather & For a Decent Living. (1994) Supalla, S. & Bahan, B.

2. COURSE PACKET: ASL 350 at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 1403. One 8 GB (minimum) USB Flash Drive

ASL 611C • Accel Second-Yr Amer Sign Lang

40570 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 900am-1100am PAR 303
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Prerequisites: ASL 507 or equivalent with a grade of C (70%) or higher.

Course Description:
ASL 611C combines content from two previously offered second-year courses (ASL 312K & 312L) to form a single 6-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines  at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).  Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 6 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Topics that will be covered include:
•    Complex grammatical features of ASL
•    Use of the signing space for grammatical purposes, classifier descriptions, and appropriate role shifting demonstrations
•    Use of non-manual signals that serve to modify signs and phrases
•    Exposure to a varied and specialized vocabulary including numbers in ASL,  idiomatic signs, and conceptually-accurate signs
•    Narrative techniques in ASL
•    Sociolinguistic variation in ASL

Requirements:
Over the course of the semester students will complete: four exams, several quizzes, various video-analysis assignments, and a volunteer activity project.  The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community.  For the volunteer activity project, students will be expected to attend Deaf events in the community (in some cases there will also exist volunteer opportunities at these events) to encourage interaction with daily users of ASL, and those experiences will be documented in an ASL narrative created by each student.
 
REQUIRED TEXTs AND MATERIALS:
 
1)    SIGNING NATURALLY LEVEL II and III, STUDENT WORKBOOK AND VIDEOTEXT. Authors: Smith, Lentz, and Mikos.

2)    COURSE PACKET at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 140
3)    For Hearing People Only, Authors: Matthew S. Moore & Linda Levitan, 3rd Edition

4)    Triumph of the Spirit: The DPN Chronicle, by Dr. Angel Ramos
5)    One 2 GB (minimum) USB Flash Drive

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40580 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 2.124
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ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details). Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks: Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and SmithFor Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet at from Speedway Copying

ASL 320 • Adv Amer Sign Lang Conversatn

40595 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 1.120
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This course is for students who have completed ASL 312L (or who have completed ASL 1 - 4 at other colleges). It involves extensive exposure to body language and American Sign Language allowing the development of advanced communication skills used with Deaf people.  

 

The course is designed to expand conversational skills. The goals are to further refine competence in and performance of all grammatical features. Language activities and cross-cultural discussions may be part of the course. Further activities may include, but are not limited to, linguistic aspects of ASL, storytelling, specifically the use of role-shifting & classifiers, stories about current events, strategic interactions, and Deaf films and literature. Open discussions may be encouraged to explore issues and how best to conduct oneself in given situations. Panel discussions may be administered on given topics, such as ASL versus Signed English.  Volunteer assignments are required.Course Rationale:  American Sign Language is the language of a sizable minority, estimates range from 500,000 to two million speakers in the U.S. alone.  In addition, Deaf Canadians use ASL.   For more information, you can look at the website: http://library.gallaudet.edu/dr/faq-asl-rank.html.

Materials and Textbooks:

Deaf Tend Your: Non-Manual Signals in ASL (textbook/VHS) by Byron Bridges and Melanie Metzger.

ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40975 • Spring 2011
Meets M 1000am-1100am SZB 380
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This course will compare two languages: American Sign Language and English and will study their use. In this course, we will introduce you to grammatical aspects of American Sign Language, written English and contact signing. Contact sign derives from the interaction of the two languages and is an important source of language variation in sign. The course will assist students in seeing different grammatical structures by showing these structures on videotape in class. Students will demonstrate signing in ASL in ten grammatical topic areas: topic/comment structure, yes/no question formats; wh-question formats; rhetorical question formats; directionality; use of space; negation; classifiers; conditionals; and time sequencing ordering. There will be homework video assignments. Additionally, the course will examine selected words that have multiple meanings. Students will choose appropriate signs to reflect accurate conceptual meanings. This course is appropriate for students who completed ASL 312K or ASL 4 (specifically Signing Naturally Level I and Level II) from other colleges. The course is designed to support a student's development of advanced low proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).


Required Texts:


1. "Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture" by Padden and Humphries,

2. “Course 2001: Instructional Guide ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translations” by Cassell and McCaffrey

3. Course packet

ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40990 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 0.132
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This course will compare two languages: American Sign Language and English and will study their use. In this course, we will introduce you to grammatical aspects of American Sign Language, written English and contact signing. Contact sign derives from the interaction of the two languages and is an important source of language variation in sign. The course will assist students in seeing different grammatical structures by showing these structures on videotape in class. Students will demonstrate signing in ASL in ten grammatical topic areas: topic/comment structure, yes/no question formats; wh-question formats; rhetorical question formats; directionality; use of space; negation; classifiers; conditionals; and time sequencing ordering. There will be homework video assignments. Additionally, the course will examine selected words that have multiple meanings. Students will choose appropriate signs to reflect accurate conceptual meanings. This course is appropriate for students who completed ASL 312K or ASL 4 (specifically Signing Naturally Level I and Level II) from other colleges. The course is designed to support a student's development of advanced low proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).


Required Texts:


1. "Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture" by Padden and Humphries,

2. “Course 2001: Instructional Guide ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translations” by Cassell and McCaffrey

3. Course packet

ASL 350 • American Sign Lang Literature

41005 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm SZB 380
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Prerequisites: This course is for students who have completed ASL 320, or are currently taking ASL 312L, (or who have completed ASL 5 at other colleges) and equivalent with a grade of C (70%) or higher. It involves extensive exposure to body language and American Sign Language allowing the development of advanced communication skills used with Deaf people.

ASL 350 forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf> for further details).

The course is designed to expand conversational skills using the ASL Literature series. The goals are to further refine competence in and performance of all grammatical features. Language activities and cross-cultural discussions may be part of the course. Further activities may include, but are not limited to, linguistic aspects of ASL, storytelling specifically the use of role-shifts & classifiers, stories on current events and strategic interactions. ASL Literature will include ASL literature genres, ASL poetry, fiction, non-fiction, videos, and group discussions. Open discussions may be encouraged to explore issues and how best to conduct oneself in given situations. Panel discussions may be administered on given topics, such as Culture (Deaf vs. Hearing), Perspectives (ASL, Sign Contact, Literature genres) and History (Deaf President Now, Tent City, past and present history). We will cover some genres that our Deaf community values and has used often in their daily lives throughout the decades! This means the class will focus mostly on visual ASL literature in contrast to English literature, which is a heavily textually based literature.

COURSE RATIONALE: American Sign Language is the language of a sizable minority, estimates range from 500,000 to two million speakers in the U.S. alone. In addition, many Deaf Canadians use ASL. For more information, you can look at this website: http://library.gallaudet.edu/Library/Deaf_Research_Help/Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQs)/Sign_Language/ASL_Ranking_and_Number_of_Speakers.html <http://library.gallaudet.edu/Library/Deaf_Research_Help/Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQs)/Sign_Language/ASL_Ranking_and_Number_of_Speakers.html>

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Topics that will be covered include:
· Complex grammatical features of ASL including use of the signing space for grammatical purposes, classifier descriptions, and appropriate role shifting demonstrations, use of non-manual signals that serve to modify signs and phrases

· Narrative techniques in ASL

· Sociolinguistic variation in ASL

Requirements:
Over the course of the semester students will complete: ASL Literature video-analysis assignments and group discussion, video projects of Genres of ASL Literature (Poetry, Storytelling, Fictional, Non-fiction), and Research/Final Presentation, various video-analysis assignments, and a volunteer activity project. The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community. For the volunteer activity project, students will be expected to attend Deaf events in the community (in some cases there will also exist volunteer opportunities at these events) to encourage interaction with daily users of ASL, and those experiences will be documented in an ASL narrative created by each student.

REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS:

1. American Sign Language: Literature Series - Bird of a Different Feather & For a Decent Living. (1994) Supalla, S. & Bahan, B.
2. COURSE PACKET: ASL 350 at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 140
3. One 8 GB (minimum) USB Flash Drive
Franky Ramont

ASL 611C • Accel Second-Yr Amer Sign Lang

40553 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 900am-1100am PAR 303
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Prerequisites: ASL 507 or equivalent with a grade of C (70%) or higher.

Course Description:
ASL 611C combines content from two previously offered second-year courses (ASL 312K & 312L) to form a single 6-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines  at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).  Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work.  Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 6 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Topics that will be covered include:
•    Complex grammatical features of ASL
•    Use of the signing space for grammatical purposes, classifier descriptions, and appropriate role shifting demonstrations
•    Use of non-manual signals that serve to modify signs and phrases
•    Exposure to a varied and specialized vocabulary including numbers in ASL,  idiomatic signs, and conceptually-accurate signs
•    Narrative techniques in ASL
•    Sociolinguistic variation in ASL

Requirements:
Over the course of the semester students will complete: four exams, several quizzes, various video-analysis assignments, and a volunteer activity project.  The video analysis assignments will require the viewing and analysis of films that represent ASL literature, and this aspect of the course is designed to support the acquisition of in-depth knowledge about ASL, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community.  For the volunteer activity project, students will be expected to attend Deaf events in the community (in some cases there will also exist volunteer opportunities at these events) to encourage interaction with daily users of ASL, and those experiences will be documented in an ASL narrative created by each student.
 
REQUIRED TEXTs AND MATERIALS:
 
1)    SIGNING NATURALLY LEVEL II and III, STUDENT WORKBOOK AND VIDEOTEXT. Authors: Smith, Lentz, and Mikos.
2)    COURSE PACKET at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 140
3)    For Hearing People Only, Authors: Matthew S. Moore & Linda Levitan, 3rd Edition
4)    One 2 GB (minimum) USB Flash Drive

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40560 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEN 1.124
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Course Description

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.

Integrates and refines expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL), including recognition of sociolinguistic variation. A practice oriented approach to language acquisition with demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL). Increases fluency and accuracy in finger spelling and numbers. Provides opportunities for interaction within the deaf community. Course requires significant time outside of class.

Course study includes ASL grammatical structures, non-manual behaviors, vocabulary and classifiers, fingerspelling and numbers, communication skills (conversations and discussions), and other language functions. Most of the learning activities are based on the text, Signing Naturally. These activities will include interactive activities such as locating things around the house, complaining, making suggestions and requests, exchanging personal information: life events, describing and identifying things, and talking about weekend activities. Supporting studies include attendance of Deaf events, film and video viewing, ASL literary readings, and other analytical activities.
Grading Policy

This course is offered on a letter grade basis only.
Texts

Cassell and McCaffrey, 1995. ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translation. Padden and Humphries, 1990. Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture. Supplemental photocopied materials

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40575 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 306
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Course Description

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.

Integrates and refines expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL), including recognition of sociolinguistic variation. A practice oriented approach to language acquisition with demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL). Increases fluency and accuracy in finger spelling and numbers. Provides opportunities for interaction within the deaf community. Course requires significant time outside of class.

Course study includes ASL grammatical structures, non-manual behaviors, vocabulary and classifiers, fingerspelling and numbers, communication skills (conversations and discussions), and other language functions. Most of the learning activities are based on the text, Signing Naturally. These activities will include interactive activities such as locating things around the house, complaining, making suggestions and requests, exchanging personal information: life events, describing and identifying things, and talking about weekend activities. Supporting studies include attendance of Deaf events, film and video viewing, ASL literary readings, and other analytical activities.
Grading Policy

This course is offered on a letter grade basis only.
Texts

Cassell and McCaffrey, 1995. ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translation. Padden and Humphries, 1990. Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture. Supplemental photocopied materials

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

85645 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTH 800am-1000am PAR 308
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Course Description

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.

Integrates and refines expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL), including recognition of sociolinguistic variation. A practice oriented approach to language acquisition with demonstration of more sophisticated grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL). Increases fluency and accuracy in finger spelling and numbers. Provides opportunities for interaction within the deaf community. Course requires significant time outside of class.

Course study includes ASL grammatical structures, non-manual behaviors, vocabulary and classifiers, fingerspelling and numbers, communication skills (conversations and discussions), and other language functions. Most of the learning activities are based on the text, Signing Naturally. These activities will include interactive activities such as locating things around the house, complaining, making suggestions and requests, exchanging personal information: life events, describing and identifying things, and talking about weekend activities. Supporting studies include attendance of Deaf events, film and video viewing, ASL literary readings, and other analytical activities.
Grading Policy

This course is offered on a letter grade basis only.
Texts

Cassell and McCaffrey, 1995. ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translation. Padden and Humphries, 1990. Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture. Supplemental photocopied materials

ASL 507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40920 • Spring 2010
Meets MTWTHF 900-1000 RAS 215
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ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40960 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm RAS 310
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ASL 506 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang I

41265 • Fall 2009
Meets MTWTHF 900-1000 RAS 215
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COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course we will examine the sign lexicon and basic concepts about the structure and use of American Sign Language. We will stress grammatical features along with syntax and structure. The course will examine Deaf culture, history, values, social norms and how they play an important role in the Deaf community. To appreciate and respect Deaf culture, you must understand the signed language. Students will learn appropriate cultural behaviors such as directing and maintaining attention, and a way of talking that keeps others informed. This course is appropriate for students who have no knowledge of Sign Language to the point where they can function comfortably in a wide variety of situations n the Deaf Community.  The course of study will focus on vocabulary and sentences for introducing oneself, exchanging personal information, talking about surroundings/giving directions, telling where you live, talking about your family, and telling about activities.

 

COURSE GOALS:

A)   Communication

1. Grammatical Features

a.     Students will demonstrate mastery of target, content-specific commands, questions, and statements in ASL,  both non-manual behaviors and manual signs.

b.     Students will be able to sign and comprehend short dialogues/complete short sentences in ASL as directed by  the instructor.

2. Vocabulary Development

 a.    Given a set of targeted vocabulary items derived from Units 1-7, of Signing Naturally. and  videos, students will show mastery of vocabulary items through class activities  and  assessment.

3. Conversational Skills

a.     Students will demonstrate comprehension and conversation facilitating behaviors.

b.     Students will demonstrate comprehension and production of regulating behaviors (i.e. attention getting  techniques, turn taking signals, and others)

c.     Students will demonstrate comprehension of short narratives and stories in ASL told by the instructor.

B)    Cultural Awareness

1.     Students will gain an understanding of American Sign Language as indigenous to Deaf culture through the use  of print resources and videos.

2.     Students will observe, identify, discuss, and use simple patterns of behavior for interacting in various settings,  such as classroom activities, videotexts, the use of resources, etc.

3.     Students will observe, identify, discuss, and use appropriate communication strategies for greeting and leave- taking, attention getting, and use of names (i.e., name signs) in classroom activities.

4.     Students will observe and discuss the historical and current role of technology in the Deaf culture. (See the  Connections)

C)  Connections

1. Students will understand the use of technology to access and exchange information with and within the Deaf  community.

D)  Comparisons

1.     Students will recognize differences and similarities between spoken languages and the visual/conceptual structure of American Sign Language, including inflections, questions, negatives, statements, etc.

E)  Community

1.     Students will attend social functions/events in which members of the Deaf community are present and write  report.

 

COURSE RATIONALE: American Sign Language (ASL) is the fourth most commonly used language in the United States.  Estimates range from 500,000 to 2 million speakers in the U.S. alone.  In addition, Deaf Canadians are using ASL. 

For detailed Course Schedule, download attachment.

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

41305 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm RAS 213
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ASL 507 or equivalent with  a grade of C- (70%) or higher.

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details).
 
Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks:

Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and Smith

For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

41315 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm RAS 218
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ASL 507 or equivalent with  a grade of C- (70%) or higher.

ASL 312K is a third-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language mastery but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history. It forms a single 3-hour course that is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-high language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf <http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf>  for further details).
 
Learning formats will include instructor lectures, a significant amount of student interaction and hands-on practice, and group-oriented work. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Deaf culture, including its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  Additionally, students will be encouraged to interact with members of Deaf community in order to support their language development. Consistent with the fact that you will receive 3 hours of credit, this course requires a significant time commitment outside of class for assignments and activities.

Required textbooks:

Signing Naturally, Level 2 workbook and DVD, by Lentz, Mikos, and Smith

For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore and Levitan

Course Packet

ASL 507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40320 • Spring 2009
Meets MTWTHF 1000-1100 RAS 215
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Prerequisites: ASL 506 or equivalent with a grade of C- or higher

 
ASL 507 is a second-semester American Sign Language (ASL) course that emphasizes not only language fluency but also the understanding of Deaf culture, specifically its cultural values, attitudes, beliefs, social norms, and history.  The course is geared to develop a minimum of intermediate-low to intermediate-mid language proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).

 
Course study includes ASL grammatical structures, non-manual behaviors, vocabulary and classifiers, fingerspelling and numbers, communication skills (conversations and discussions), and other language functions. Most of the learning activities are based on the text, Signing Naturally Level 1, Units 8-12 and 17. These activities will include interactive activities such as describing others, making requests, talking about family and occupations, attributing qualities to others, talking about routines and talking about weekend activities. Supporting studies include attendance at Deaf events, film and video viewing, ASL literary readings, and other analytical activities.

 

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS:

 
1)  Signing Naturally Units 7-12, A Student Workbook and Videotext by Smith, Lentz and Mikos


2) For Hearing People Only, 3rd Edition, by Moore & Levitan


3) One Course Packet for ASL 507, Seeger, Connolly, White, & Wynne

ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40350 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm RAS 310
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This course will compare two languages: American Sign Language and English and will study their use. In this course, we will introduce you to grammatical aspects of American Sign Language, written English and contact signing. Contact sign derives from the interaction of the two languages and is an important source of language variation in sign. The course will assist students in seeing different grammatical structures by showing these structures on videotape in class. Students will demonstrate signing in ASL in ten grammatical topic areas: topic/comment structure, yes/no question formats; wh-question formats; rhetorical question formats; directionality; use of space; negation; classifiers; conditionals; and time sequencing ordering. There will be homework video assignments. Additionally, the course will examine selected words that have multiple meanings. Students will choose appropriate signs to reflect accurate conceptual meanings. This course is appropriate for students who completed ASL 312K or ASL 4 (specifically Signing Naturally Level I and Level II) from other colleges. The course is designed to support a student's development of advanced low proficiency (see the ACTFL Guidelines [American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages] at http://www.actfl.org/files/public/Guidelinesspeak.pdf for further details).


Required Texts:


1. "Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture" by Padden and Humphries,

2. “Course 2001: Instructional Guide ASL Grammatical Aspects: Comparative Translations” by Cassell and McCaffrey

3. Course packet

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