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SLIP 1905

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title American Sign Language II
Prerequisite(s) SLIP 1904 with a "C" or better or appropriate placement
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is a continuation of SLIP 1904, building upon grammatical structures and vocabulary acquired. 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
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

1. Identify common words fingerspelled at 1 letter per second
2. Accurately fingerspell common words at 1 letter per second
3. Identify numbers 1-99
4. Accurately produce numbers 1-99
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. giving directions
b. describing others
c. families
d. making requests
e. attributing qualities
f. routines;
7. Use the following syntax and grammar principles at the novice plus 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. descriptive classifiers
g. contrastive structure
h. spacial and inflecting verbs
i. role shifting
j. possessive pronouns
k. number use for age and time
l. temporal sequencing
8. Demonstrate comprehension of basic ASL directions, descriptions, sentences, and short stories on the above subjects by answering questions and completing worksheets;
9. Demonstrate or describe cross-cultural communications strategies used to facilitate communication between Deaf people and people with minimal or no signing skills;
10. Describe recent developments that have changed the lives of Deaf people;
11. Demonstrate culturally polite conversation strategies.

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. Language Functions: Topics
a. Talking About Your Family and occupations
b. Giving Directions
c. Describing Others
d. Making Requests
e. Attributing Qualities to Others
f. Routines

2. ASL Linguistics
a. Sentence Structure
b. Topic, Comment
c. Question forms
d. Contrastive structure
e. Personal and Possessive Pronouns
f. Personal and Possessive Pronouns
g. Spacial and Inflecting Verbs
h. Number Use: age and time
i. Spatial referencing
j. Real life
k. Signer's perspective
l. Role shifting
m. Temporal sequencing

3. Skills Development
a. Fingerspelling and numbers
b. Vocabulary expansion
c. Sign production
d. Conversation strategies

4. Cultural awareness
a. Adaptations and Devices for a Visual Environment
b. Cross-cultural communication strategies
c. Interrupting conversations
d. Maintaining continuity in relationships
e. Cultural differences

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
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.


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


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.
procedure is reviewed and revised at least once every three

Last Revised: Aug. 12, 2011
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