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SLIP 1925

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Credit Hours   1   
Course Title   Classifiers In American Sign Language   
Prerequisite(s)   SLIP 1904, SLIP 1905, and SLIP 1906, each with a "C" or better, or permission of the program coordinator   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
The course will provide an in-depth analysis of classifiers in ASL through observation, discussion and demonstration of the various categories of classifiers in ASL.  
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify the types of classifiers used in an ASL narrative,

2. Demonstrate the different types of classifiers used in ASL

3. Describe a picture or event using appropriate classifiers,

4. Narrate as story using predominantly classifiers

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. Definition of Classifiers in ASL

2. Types of classifiers: representative, descriptive and instrument

3. Classifier use by ASL natives

4. Analysis of ASL narratives

5. Describing still pictures

6. Describing actions and events

7. Analysis of English text for application of classifiers in translation

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Course Grade

The course grade will be determined by the individual instructor using a variety of evaluation methods.  A significant portion of the grade will be determined through expressive and receptive skill assessment.  Projects, homework, and in-class and out of class activities will be required.  The final exam/recording will be worth at least 20%.


This course is offered once a year. At the end of the course, students will fill out a survey regarding course content. 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, student surveys, grades and grading procedure and make recommendations for modification the following year.  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: Jul. 14, 2011
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