American Sign Language (ASL)

AM SIGN LANGUAGE I
ASL& 121 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Introduction to American Sign Language emphasizing instruction and practice in expressive and receptive ASL skills. Focus on basic vocabulary, grammar, and cultural aspects of the deaf community. [SE, HA]

AM SIGN LANGUAGE II
ASL& 122 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: ASL& 121 or consent of the instructor.

Continuation of ASL I, developing skills for the student with a basic knowledge of ASL. Focus on grammar, idioms, vocabulary building, culture and language. [SE, HA]

AM SIGN LANGUAGE III
ASL& 123 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: ASL& 122 or consent of the instructor.

Continuation of ASL II, developing grammar and vocabulary skills, with emphasis on students expressive and receptive skills. Topics include abstract concepts of language and the deaf culture's values, attitudes, and community. [SE, HA]

AMERICAN DEAF CULTURE
ASL  125 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

This course will focus on topics in the culture of deaf people including studies of their beliefs, practices and language. [HA]

AM SIGN LANGUAGE IV
ASL& 221 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ASL& 123, demonstrated equivalent proficiency, or with permission of the instructor.

First of the second-year sequence in studying the language of Deaf Americans. Topics include developing receptive and expressive skill and fluency; correct formation of signs, movement, rhythm, phrasing and clarity; vocabulary building; developing proficiency in ASL grammar. Students will develop a respect for ASL as a language, including acceptance and appreciation of its diverse regional and personal applications within its culture. [SE, HA]

AM SIGN LANGUAGE V
ASL& 222 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ASL& 221, demonstrated equivalent proficiency, or with permission of the instructor.

Second of second-year sequence in studying the language of Deaf Americans. Topics include developing receptive and expressive skills in dialogue; applying ASL informal discourse styles; vocabulary building; developing proficiency in ASL grammar for recreation, social services, government and the workplace. Students will develop a respect for ASL as a language, including acceptance and appreciation of its diverse regional and personal applications within its culture. [SE, HA]

AM SIGN LANGUAGE VI
ASL& 223 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ASL& 222, demonstrated equivalent proficiency, or with permission of the instructor.

Third of second-year sequence in studying the language of Deaf Americans. Continuing development of receptive and expressive skills and fluency. Emphasis on increasing vocabulary, classifier, phrases and grammatical usage with a decrease dependency on English syntax structure. Students will be able to initiate and converse in topics such as technical fields of work, college level academic subjects, politics, and religion with consistent grammatical accuracy with native ASL users. [SE, HA]

SELECTED TOPICS
ASL  280 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Course focuses on selected topics in American Sign Language. Topics vary and course theme and content change to reflect new topics. Because the course varies in content, it is repeatable for credit for different topics. [PNP]

SPECIAL PROJECTS
ASL  290 5 Credits/Units

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructional Unit.

Opportunity to plan, organize and complete special projects approved by the department.