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Carol L Seeger

Senior Lecturer M.S., McDaniel College (formerly known as Western Maryland College)

Carol L Seeger

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ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

41315 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 0.104
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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

41330 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.104
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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 320 • Adv Amer Sign Lang Conversatn

41335 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CLA 0.104
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Advanced development of conversational skills in American Sign Language, with a focus on sophisticated linguistic structures and important issues in deaf studies.

ASL S312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

86000 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTH 1000am-1200pm CLA 0.104
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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 507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40785 • Spring 2013
Meets MTWTHF 900am-1000am 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.

 

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

40815 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CLA 0.104
show description


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 506 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40620 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 900am-1000am PAR 105
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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 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40660 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm 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 F312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

86225 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTH 1000am-1200pm CBA 4.326
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Prerequisite: 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

40630 • Spring 2012
Meets MW 900am-1000am PAR 303
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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

40670 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 103
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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 506 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40550 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 900am-1000am PAR 105
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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 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40590 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 210
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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 F312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

86225 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTH 1000am-1200pm CBA 4.348
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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 Smith

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

Course Packet

ASL 507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40960 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 900am-1000am PAR 208
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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

40995 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.118
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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 312K • First-Year Amer Sign Lang I

40530 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ 2.210
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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

40570 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm 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 506 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang I

85640 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1230pm GAR 3.116
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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 507 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40925 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 900-1000 PAR 208
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For detailed Course Schedule, download attachment.

ASL 312L • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang II

40970 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.118
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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 506 • First-Year Amer Sign Lang I

41260 • Fall 2009
Meets MTWTHF 900-1000 GAR 2.112
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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 320 • Adv Amer Sign Lang Conversatn

41320 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GRG 424
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Course Description: This course is for students who have completed ASL 312L (or who have completed ASL 1, 2, 3 and 40 at other colleges). It involves extensive exposure to body language and American Sign Language (ASL) allowing the development of advanced communication skills used with Deaf people. [Students are not encouraged to take ASL 312L and ASL 320 concurrently.]

Course Objectives: The course is designed to expand conversational skills. Open discussions will be encouraged to explore issues and how best to conduct oneself in given situations. The goals are to further refine competence in and performance of all grammatical features. Language activities and cross-cultural discussions will be part of the course. You will take part in various kinds of conversational activities that will encourage the development of conversational competence in ASL and mastery of both production and comprehension. These activities will 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. You will have the opportunity to take part in free-flowing conversations.

Course Rationale: American Sign Language (ASL) 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 are using ASL. ASL is the fifth leading minority in the U.S. following Spanish, Italian, German and French.

Required Text: Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks, 1988,

Course Requirements:

Please note that you are taking this course for a grade. Pass-fail is not an option in this class.

It is essential that students make every effort to attend every class on time and be prepared to participate in all activities. 

Attendance and Participation Policy.  Class attendance and participation is worth 3 points. Points begin to be counted on August 27. The total points for attendance (29 days) come to 87 points. NOTE: During days of presentation, six (6) points per absence will be deducted from final possible grade points. You are expected to show courtesy and respect to your fellow classmates.

You should plan to attend class regularly, inasmuch as the material covered in class and participation in class discussion are vital to your performance in this course. Roll call is mandatory. In the event of being absent from class, you lose 3 points. It is your responsibility to check periodically with the teacher to make sure your number of absences is correct.

Reasons for excused absences include illness, family emergency, religious holiday (please check the website on the last page), or attendance at official UT events that require your presence (e.g., mandatory attendance of athletic events).  Please notify us as soon as possible when you will be absent for one of these reasons.  Absences due to illness may require a doctor's note. No points will be taken off if you have a valid reason such as one of the above.

Late for class: Being late by five minutes or more will be recorded as one tardy. Three tardies equal a loss of 3 points.

Rationale: This is a skill developing lab course involving group and individual practice and skills development using visual/gestural stimuli. There is no way to make up an absence. Missing class or being late to class really does hinder your progress. When you ask questions that may already have been answered during the day you were absent or late, other students suffer.

Avoid talking or voicing during class time. Once the instructor enters the classroom, please refrain from using voice. Talking without signing in the presence of a Deaf instructor or any deaf person is considered RUDE in Deaf culture.  If you own a pager/cell phone, please turn it OFF as you come in class.  Eye contact in the class is very important.  Disruption such as ringing or vibration from the device breaks the eye contact as heads turn toward the source of the sound!

Observance of Religious Holy Days: students must notify instructor at least 14 days prior to holy days. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, I will give you an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

 Rationale: 1) Skills depend on visual perception and memory. Use of auditory stimuli inhibits this learning process of both the person talking and other students in the class. 2) In this class, students will experience cross-cultural interaction between Deaf and hearing people. It is important that students recognize and respect cultural difference.

Volunteer Assignment: You are required to do volunteer work with the Deaf for a total of at least TEN hours (worth 10 points per hour for a maximum of 100 points per activity) and do a video presentation on your volunteer experience at MEZ 2.104. You will, also, need to type an outline (worth 34 points). Hand in both your CD and the typed outline, along with the evaluation sheet from your volunteer supervisor (worth 15 points) to your lecturer on November 5. (See guidelines for submitting CD). Your signing skills will be assessed by your lecturer (worth 100 points). See the criteria for more details in your course packet. The overall total possible points for the volunteer assignment are 249 points.

Presentation: You will make a presentation in ASL during regular class time. Your live presentation will be videotaped to be evaluated at a later date. The time limit is within three to five minutes. Prior to your scheduled presentation, you are strongly encouraged to see your lecturer for tips and feedbacks on sign skills. The presentation is worth 200 points.

Quizzes: Two (2) quizzes will cover the book Seeing Voices. The quizzes will mainly be short answer or short essay types with some multiple choice and true/false questions. Each quiz will be worth 25 points, making a total of 50 points. The quiz dates are October 15 and November 19.

Video Assignments: You are required to sign five assigned features on video. Those features covered in class will be: illustrate a fact; role shift; cultural customs/rules; listing and comparisons. The total points for all assignments are 184 points. Due dates and specifics of the assignments will be announced in class.

Course Abstract: Grades will be based on successful completion of class attendance/participation, two (2) quizzes, five (5) video assignments, one class presentation and  a volunteer assignment  for a total of  770 possible points.

Cumulative Points:

 

A+ = 743 - 770 (97% - 100%) A = 720 - 742 (94% - 96%) A- = 689 - 719   (90% - 93%)

B+ = 666 - 688 (87% - 89%) B = 643 - 665 (84% - 86%) B- = 612 – 642 (80% - 83%)

C+ = 589 - 611 (77% - 79%) C = 566 - 588 (74% - 76%) C- = 535 - 565  (70% - 73%)

D+ = 512 –534 (67% -  69%) D = 489 – 511 (64% - 66%) D- = 458 – 488  (60% -63%)

F = Below 458 (59% and below)

 

 WEBSITES:

 

1.     GRADES: To check or review your grades, look up on Blackboard. URL Blackboard: http://www.utexas.edu/cc/blackboard/tutorials/student/index.html – student manual or blackboard information site: http://www.utexas.edu/cc.blackboard.  Or call  help desk at 475-9400.


2.     TUTORING: ASLonline Tutorial Website: www.laits.utexas.edu/asl506.  It will ask you for the User ID which is “asl506.”  The password is deafw0rld (“0” is a number, not a letter). Please use lower case in everything.  It is an excellent source to review the signs you have learned in class as well as linguistics aspects

ASL 312K • Second-Year Amer Sign Lang I

85440 • Summer 2009
Meets MTWTHF 1000-1130 MEZ 1.102
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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

40310 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 900-1000 PAR 208
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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

40360 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.118
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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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