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Richard P. Meier, Chair CLA 4.304, Mailcode B5100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1701

Leah Geer

Assistant Instructor MA, Gallaudet University

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second language acquisition, phonetics/phonology of signed languages

ASL 601D • American Sign Language I: Beg

40915 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 800am-1000am CLA 0.104
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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 F601D • American Sign Language I: Beg

85675 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1130am CLA 1.108
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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 610D • American Sign Language II: Beg

41285 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 800am-1000am 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 601D • American Sign Language I: Beg

41155 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-300pm SZB 416
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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 S507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

85995 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-330pm CLA 0.104
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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.
 
COURSE GOALS:

A)   Communication
1.  Grammatical Features
a.     Students will demonstrate mastery of target content-specific commands, questions, and statements in ASL, both nonmanual 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 8-12 & 17, of Signing Naturally, and videos, students will show mastery of vocabulary items through class activities and assessments.
 

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 and through the use of videotexts.
3.     Students will observe, identify, discuss, and use appropriate communication strategies for greeting and leave-taking, attention getting, and the 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 reports about their experiences.

COURSE RATIONALE: American Sign Language (ASL) is the language of a sizable minority.  Approximately one-half million Deaf people in the U.S. and Canada now uses American Sign Language. ASL is the third most used minority language in the U.S.

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS:
 
1) Level One (1) Signing Naturally, 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, White, & Garberoglio – it can be purchased at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 140.

ASL 507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40784 • Spring 2013
Meets MTWTHF 800am-900am CLA 1.108
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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 506 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40635 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 300pm-400pm MEZ 1.120
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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 in 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.
Texts

LEVEL ONE SIGNING NATURALLY, Units 1-6, A STUDENT WORKBOOK AND VIDEOTEXT by Smith, Lentz, and Mikos.
COURSE PACKET, (ASL 506), at Speedway Copying, Dobie Mall, 2025 Guadalupe, Suite 140
Deaf Culture, Our Way, by R. Holcomb, S. Holcomb and T. Holcomb

ASL S507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

86230 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTH 830am-1145am WEL 3.266
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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. 

COURSE GOALS:

A)   Communication

1.  Grammatical Features

a.     Students will demonstrate mastery of target content-specific commands, questions, and statements in ASL, both nonmanual 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 8-12 & 17, of Signing Naturally, and videos, students will show mastery of vocabulary items through class activities and assessments. 3. Conversational Skillsa. 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 and through the use of videotexts.

3.     Students will observe, identify, discuss, and use appropriate communication strategies for greeting and leave-taking, attention getting, and the 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 reports about their experiences.COURSE RATIONALE: American Sign Language (ASL) is the language of a sizable minority.  Approximately one-half million Deaf people in the U.S. and Canada now uses American Sign Language. ASL is the third most used minority language in the U.S.

 

REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS: 

1) Level One (1) Signing Naturally, 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

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