ASL 100 - American Sign Language

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Course Description

This course will introduce students to American Sign Language.  As language is a reflection of culture and geography, students will also become familiar with the history of the American Deaf community and the evolution of ASL. In addition, this class will provide up-to-date information and experience with the impact of technology on the culture and language.
An American Sign Language curriculum will be utilized to give students an advanced-beginner level of competency by the end of the course.  As ASL is a visual-spatial language, students will learn about the differences between this modality vs. spoken and written languages.  Interactive practice will be integrated both in-class and via books and DVD materials for home use.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of fingerspelling and American Sign Language vocabulary, grammar and characteristics as presented in the curriculum.
Demonstrate knowledge of how technology has impacted the Deaf community and ASL
Demonstrate understanding of American Deaf culture-specifically as it relates to language use and social interactions
Demonstrate understanding greetings, sharing identifying information and use of appropriate ASL etiquette
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3