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SLIP 1906

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title American Sign Language III
Prerequisite(s) SLIP 1905 with a "C" or better and appropriate placement
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course continues to develop receptive and expressive American Sign Language skills. Through class activities and outside assignments, vocabulary is expanded and more complex, finer points of grammar are introduced.  Aspects of Deaf culture are also examined.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

1. Identify common words fingerspelled at a moderate rate and presented in context
2. Accurately fingerspell common words at a moderate rate
3. Identify numbers 1-1000 signed at a moderate rate within context
4. Accurately produce numbers 1-1000 at a moderate rate within context;
5. Produce known signs with the correct hand shape, palm orientation, location and movement;
6. Participate in ASL conversations on the following topics:
a. locating things around the house
b. complaining, making suggestions and requests
c. exchanging personal information about life events
7. After viewing narratives on the above topics, answer questions and make appropriate responses
8. Demonstrate use of the following ASL linguistic features at an intermediate conversational level (as defined by the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview):
a. topic-comment
b. non-dominant hand as reference
c. semantic, descriptive and locative classifiers
d. yes/no questions
e. wh-questions
f. recurring and continuous time signs
g. inflecting verbs to show temporal aspects
h. role shifting and direct discourse
i. conditional sentences and when clauses
j. sequencing events
k. possessive forms
l. contrastive structure
m. reference points for non-present objects
n. non-manual markers for distance, size, negation, affirmation, questioning

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. 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. Describing and Identifying Things
b. Talking About the Weekend
c. Family
d. Relationships
e. Employment
f. Recreation
g. Current events

2. ASL Linguistics
a. Classifiers
i. Descriptive
ii. Instrument
iii. Locative

3. Sentence Structures
a. Topic, comment
b. Question Forms
c. Clauses and conditionals
d. Contrastive structure
e. Inflected Verbs
i. Recurring
ii. Continuous
f. Time signs: recurring, continuous
g. Role shifting and direct discourse
h. Possessive forms
i. Non-manual markers

4. Skills Development
a. Fingerspelling and numbers
b. Vocabulary
c. Sign Production
d. Conversation Strategies

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.

Last Revised: Aug. 12, 2011
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