American Sign Language Courses (ASL) | Troy University

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 with a grade of “C” or better or departmental permission based on approved fluency assessment.

ASL 1160

Visual/Gestural Communication (2)

 

An overview of visual and gestural communication working toward the goal of being able to express and perceive non-linguistic information about everyday objects, family structure, employment and more complex concepts such as rights and responsibilities. Prerequisites: ASL 1141 with a grade of “C” or better.

ASL 1170

ASL Semantics and Structure (2)

 

An advanced exploration of American Sign Language morphology, semantics and vocabulary expansion. Students also explore various syntactic structures in ASL. Prerequisites: ASL 1141 with a grade of “C” or better.

ASL 2230

ASL Classifiers and Depiction (2)

 

This course provides theory and practice using the complex ASL morphology known as Classifiers, which are commonly used for descriptions of settings, participants and actions Prerequisite: ASL 2241 with a grade of “C” or better

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 with a grade of “C” or departmental permission based on approved fluency assessment.

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 with a grade of “C” or better or departmental permission based on approved fluency assessment.

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.

ASL 3310

Deaf Culture and Diverse Populations

 

An exploration of linguistic, social, and ethnic factors that influence attitudes and beliefs among various segments of both deaf and non-deaf communities. Attention will be paid to “deaf plus” populations that simultaneously identify as both deaf and some other socio-cultural identity. Geographical, generational, ethnic, and gender differences are explored. Prerequisites: ITP 2200 and ASL 2242 with grades of “C” or better