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ASL050 Conversational Sign Language I Credit Hours: 3.00
Introduction to conversational sign language skills. Includes basic sign vocabulary, d/Deaf culture, and an overview of communications systems.
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ASL101 American Sign Language I Credit Hours: 4.00
Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). Includes: parameters; syntax; sentence types; facial expressions and body language; pronominalization; nouns and verbs; modals; sign space; time line and time modulations; classifiers; pluralizations; and deaf history and culture. Also includes: fingerspelling numbers; lexicalized fingerspelling; conceptual accuracy; sign modulation; conversational regulators; basic compounds and contractions; and existence of regional dialects/sign and language variations. Because language and culture are inextricably linked, this course will also demonstrate how ASL conveys the values, beliefs, customs, and history of American Deaf culture.
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Information: Students will be required to perform an additional 10 lab hours outside of the regular classroom schedule. This lab experience is designed to provide a "signing only" environment for students to practice classroom skills with Deaf tutors; expose students to communication in a Deaf environment; and provide students with real life exposure to the Deaf community. This class is conducted primarily without voice.
Gen Ed: Meets AGEC – OTHER and C; Meets CTE - A&H and C.
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ASL102 American Sign Language II Credit Hours: 4.00
Continuation of ASL 101. Includes: parameters; syntax; sentence types; facial expression and body language; sign space; pronominalization; nouns/verbs; time line; classifiers; pluralizations; deaf culture; and fingerspelling numbers. Also includes conceptual accuracy, modulations, sight line, lexicalized fingerspelling, contractions, direct address, conjunctions, model stories, history of sign, language variations, sign continuum, and how people hear. Because language and culture are inextricably linked, this course will also demonstrate how ASL conveys the values, beliefs, customs, and history of American Deaf culture.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 101 with a grade of C or better.
Course Corequisites:
Information: Students will be required to perform an additional 10 lab hours outside of the regular classroom schedule. This lab experience is designed to provide a "signing only" environment for students to practice classroom skills with Deaf tutors; expose students to communication in a Deaf environment; and provide students with real life exposure to the Deaf community. This class is conducted primarily without voice.
Gen Ed: Meets AGEC – OTHER and C; Meets CTE - A&H and C.
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ASL105 Beginning Fingerspelling and Numbers Credit Hours: 3.00
Enhancement of receptive and expressive ASL skills with a focus on fingerspelling and numbers. Also includes practice in specific skills that underlie the fingerspelled word recognition process. Also includes contextual practice for correctly recognizing and producing fingerspelled and numbered words.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 102.
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Information: Additional lab hours are required outside of regularly scheduled class.
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This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ASL200 Introduction to the Deaf Community Credit Hours: 3.00
Macroscopic view of culture and microscopic view of the Deaf life experience through culture and language. Includes cross-cultural interactions between deaf and hearing people. Also includes the history of the Deaf community, Deaf education, Deaf technologies, Deaf employment, historical trends and Deaf services.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 201 with a grade of B or better.
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ASL201 American Sign Language III Credit Hours: 4.00
Continuation of ASL 102. Includes sentence order, modulation/inflection, prosody, sign space usage, conceptual accuracy, sign vocabulary, and deaf culture and history. Because language and culture are inextricably linked, this course will also demonstrate how ASL conveys the values, beliefs, customs, and history of American Deaf culture.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 102 with a grade of C or better.
Course Corequisites:
Information: Students will be required to perform an additional ten lab hours outside of regular classroom schedule. The lab experience is designed to provide a "signing only" environment for students to practice classroom skills with Deaf tutors; expose students to communication in a Deaf environment; provide students with real life exposure to the Deaf community. This class is conducted primarily without voice.
Gen Ed: Meets AGEC – OTHER and C; Meets CTE - A&H and C.
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ASL202 American Sign Language IV Credit Hours: 4.00
Continuation of ASL 201. Includes: use of sign space; conceptual accuracy; directionality; mimetic description; dialects; numerical applications; American Sign Language (ASL) expansions; English words with no direct ASL translation; English passive voice to ASL active voice; rendering ASL and English passages; current cultural issues; and the field of interpreting. Because language and culture are inextricably linked, this course will also demonstrate how ASL conveys the values, beliefs, customs, and history of American Deaf culture.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 201 with a grade of C or better.
Course Corequisites:
Information: Students will be required to perform an additional ten lab hours outside of regular classroom schedule. The lab experience is designed to provide a "signing only" environment for students to practice classroom skills with Deaf tutors; expose students to communication in a Deaf environment; provide students with real life exposure to the Deaf community. This class is conducted primarily without voice.
Gen Ed: Meets AGEC – OTHER and C; Meets CTE - A&H and C.
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ASL203 Comparative Analysis of ASL and English Credit Hours: 3.00
Enhanced study of the fundamental principles and cognitive processing of American Sign Language. Includes a further study of the Deaf community and Deaf culture.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 201 with a grade of B or better, and WRT 102.
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Information: This course is recommended for students who have finished ASL 202 or ASL departmental approval and desire further study and review. Students may be expected to attend outside events at their own expense.
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This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ASL204 Discourse Features in ASL Credit Hours: 3.00
This course is an overview of ASL discourse. Includes discourse structure, language, variation, genre, register, prosody, cohesion, take-turning, back-channeling and gendered communication. Also includes transcription conventions for noting language samples.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 202 with a grade of B or better
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ASL205 Advanced Fingerspelling and Numbers Credit Hours: 3.00
Continued enhancement of both receptive and expressive ASL skills with a focus on fingerspelling and numbers. Includes improved fingerspelled word recognition and expression by providing theoretical information, practice in specific skills that underlie the fingerspelled word recognition process. Also includes practice in correctly recognizing and producing fingerspelled words in context.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 202 with a grade of B or higher.
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ASL206 American Sign Language V Credit Hours: 4.00
Development of ASL receptive and expressive fluency. Also includes understanding the linguistic features of ASL and in enhancing understanding of deaf community and culture.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 202 with a grade of C or higher
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ASL215 ASL Literature: Narratives Credit Hours: 3.00
This course is a continuation of the major grammatical features of American Sign Language (ASL) to develop communicative and interactive competencies in the culture and language of the Deaf. Includes a focus on ASL literature by introducing students to ASL storytelling techniques, film analysis, story analysis, and its techniques. Also includes ASL narratives, classifiers and perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 200 and 202 with a grade of B or better.
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Information: This course is taught in ASL and utilizes receptive skills through ASL literature and media. Students are expected to experiment with ASL storytelling and the use of classifier techniques. Additional hours may be required outside of the regularly scheduled class.
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This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
ASL296 Independent Study in Sign Language Credit Hours: 1-3.00
Exploration of special interest areas in sign language and deaf cultures. Includes extensive practice of sign language skills and in depth study of deaf cultures involving literature, grammar, and special projects under the supervision of the instructor.
Prerequisite(s): ASL 102.
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Information: Student must have consent of instructor.
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This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.