American Sign Language Courses (ASL)

ASL 1141
American Sign Language I (3)
  Initial course in the four-course sign language developmental sequence which exposes students to American Sign Language at a Survival Level and will increase their knowledge of Deaf Culture. The course is designed for students who have had no previous knowledge of sign language.
   
ASL 1142
American Sign Language II (3)
  The second course in the ASL sequence in which students continue to develop ASL proficiencies in lexicon, sign production, use of sentence types, and grammatical features such as use of classifiers, use of space to compare and contract, mouth morphemes, and locatives. Outside interaction with the deaf community is required. Prerequisite: ASL 1141 or Survival Level on the SCPI or permission of instructor.
   
ASL 2210
Deaf Culture and Community
  An overview of the physical, educational, social, linguistic, and cultural implications of the Deaf community in America with an emphasis on the central role that ASL plays on the lives of Deaf individuals. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the culture of the Deaf community and the role of ASL in that community. Students will be exposed to current educational and vocational programs, legislation, technology, and other issues relating to the Deaf community.
   
ASL 2241
American Sign Language III (3)
  This course builds on skills and knowledge acquired in ASL I and II and focuses on building narrative skills. Students move from an informal to more formal style of signing. Interacting with the deaf community is a required activity. Students should be able to demonstrate intermediate to intermediate plus level conversational skills. Prerequisite: ASL 1142 or Intermediate on the SCP or permission of instructor.
   
ASL 2242
American Sign Language IV (3)
  This course builds on the previous ASL courses by increasing expressive and receptive skills with exposure to a wide variety of signing styles. Students will begin text analysis, be introduced to deaf literature, story-telling and signed poetry. Prerequisite: ASL 2241 or Intermediate on the SCPI or permission of instructor.
   
ASL 2250
Advanced American Sign Language (3)
  This course provides students with opportunities to expand expressive and receptive use of ASL, including a variety of special topics at an advanced level. Special emphasis is on increasing spatial use, ASL fluency and non-manual behaviors. Students are given opportunities to increase expressive and receptive skills through activities and class discussions, including a variety of special topics at an advanced level. Special emphasis is on understanding the importance of spatialization, non-manual grammar and morphology, and discourse features of ASL such as register and academic language use. Prerequisites: Sign Language Proficiency Interview rating of Intermediate Plus, or ASL 2242 with a grade of C or better, or permission of ITP Academic Advisor.
   
ASL 2252
American Sign Language Fingerspelling (3)
  This course is taught using American Sign Language. The course will introduce the students to the American manual alphabet of fingerspelling and its use within American Sign Language. The students will be given opportunities to demonstrate increased ability to accurately produce and comprehend ASL number systems and fingerspelling uses. Extensive drills and practice in both receptive and expressive use will be implemented. Prerequisites: Sign Language Proficiency Interview rating of Intermediate Plus, or ASL 2242 with a grade of C or better, or permission of ITP Academic Advisor.
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