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SLIP 1904

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title American Sign Language I
Prerequisite(s) Visual acuity to discriminate signs at a distance of 30 feet. Physical dexterity to accurately reproduce signs demonstrated.
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course focuses on everyday communication and interaction in ASL.  Topics include giving information, making requests, expressing likes and dislikes, and describing people and places.  Grammar and vocabulary are presented in context, using ASL as the language of instruction.  Students participate in a variety of activities to build language skills and learn about Deaf culture.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify common 3-4 letter words fingerspelled at 1 letter per second

2. Accurately fingerspell 3-4 letter common words at 1 letter per second

3. Identify numbers 1-30

4. Accurately produce numbers 1-30

5. Produce known vocabulary with few errors in palm orientation, handshape, location and movement

6. Participate in simple ASL conversations on the following topics;
a. introducing oneself and others
b. exchanging personal information
c. giving directions and describing locations
d. immediate family
e. daily routines;
7. Use the following syntax and grammar principles at the novice level (as defined by the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview):
a. Wh- and Y/N questions
b. ordinal numbers
c. personal pronouns
d. topic-comment structure
e. spacial referencing
f. contrastive structure
g. possessive pronouns
h. directional verbs
i. real-world orientation and signer's perspective
j. non-manual markers for closeness in space and time, questions, topic-comment and negation

8. Demonstrate comprehension of basic ASL directions, descriptions, sentences, and short stories on the above subjects by answering questions and completing worksheets

9. Demonstrate and/or describe culturally appropriate behavior for:
a. Confirming or correcting information
b. making introductions
c. getting attention,
d. negotiating a signing environment
e. asking for repetition
f. using fingerspelling
g. keeping others informed
h. referring to someone with a hearing loss

10. Describe the use of ASL in America, and distinguish it from English conveyed through signs.

General Education Outcomes
1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
a. Students learn to communicate more effectively with people who use American Sign Language as their native language.
b. Students develop strategies for communicating with people whose native language is different from their own.
c. Students develop a greater understanding of their own language and communication styles.

2. This course relates to the general education outcome relating to cultural diversity as follows:
a. Students learn about the culture of people who are Deaf.
b. Students learn about their own culture by comparing and contrasting it to Deaf culture.
c. Students recognize that cultures and languages may be different without being “lesser than.”

3. This course relates to the general education outcome relating to academic preparation as follows:
a. Students learn language skills they can use to communicate better at their present job, and enhance their workplace skills.
b. Students explore other career programs related to sign language and deafness.

Course Content
1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
a. Students learn to communicate more effectively with people who use American Sign Language as their native language.
b. Students develop strategies for communicating with people whose native language is different from their own.
c. Students develop a greater understanding of their own language and communication styles.

2. This course relates to the general education outcome relating to cultural diversity as follows:
a. Students learn about the culture of people who are Deaf.
b. Students learn about their own culture by comparing and contrasting it to Deaf culture.
c. Students recognize that cultures and languages may be different without being “lesser than.”

3. This course relates to the general education outcome relating to academic preparation as follows:
a. Students learn language skills they can use to communicate better at their present job, and enhance their workplace skills.
b. Students explore other career programs related to sign language and deafness.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
ASSESSMENT OF THE STUDENTS

Course Grade

1. The course grade will be determined by, the individual instructor using a variety of evaluation methods.  Knowledge of course content may be determined by periodic quizzes, activity journals and video reviews and a final examination.  Expressive ability will be evaluated using student-made videotape presentations.

2. A comprehensive final, evaluating expressive and receptive ASL skills as well and linguistic and cultural knowledge is required. The exam will be worth at least 20% of the grade.

DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT OF COURSE

This course is offered each semester. At the end of the course, the faculty will review the course and make recommended revisions based on student feedback, direct experience, and trends in teaching ASL. The faculty teaching the course will prepare a short summary stating which educational outcomes were and were not achieved and recommending changes for future classes

USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS

After each course, instructors will review materials, grades and grading procedure and make recommendations for modification for the following semester. Those recommendations and the other data will be kept on file. Every three years, a faculty committee will review the course. They will review the syllabus, the current literature, materials and samples of student work. A report included in the program review.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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