SRJC Course Outlines

12/8/2023 4:54:02 AMASL 3 Course Outline as of Fall 2007

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ASL 3Title:  INT AMER SIGN LANG PT I  
Full Title:  Intermediate American Sign Language - Part I
Last Reviewed:1/25/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum4.00Lecture Scheduled4.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled70.00
Minimum4.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  140.00Total Student Learning Hours: 210.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ASL 2A

Catalog Description:
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Intensive instruction in intermediate American Sign Language using appropriate linguistic and cultural principles.  Instruction will focus on several broad areas:  locating household objects, complaining and making suggestions and requests, and exchanging personal information about life events.

Course Completion of ASL 2 ( or ASL 1B or ASL 51B or SE 214B)

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intensive instruction in intermediate American Sign Language using appropriate linguistic and cultural principles.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of ASL 2 ( or ASL 1B or ASL 51B or SE 214B)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1991
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1991
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 6ALanguage Other Than EnglishFall 1996
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1996Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1996Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Participate in dialogues that require the synthesis of receptive and
   expressive ASL skills and involve such activities  as describing the
   interior of a person's house; complaining, making suggestions and
   requests; and exchanging information about immediate and extended
   family history and life events.
2.  Create a grammatically correct description in ASL of
   a house, all of its contents and various spatial relationships using
   locative classifiers.
3.  Describe a picture of an actual problem situation involving health or
   living circumstances, synthesizing the information into a description
   in ASL of the situation and producing a grammatically correct request
   in ASL for assistance in resolving the situation.
4.  Analyze a description in ASL of a problem situation, and generate in
   grammatically correct ASL possible solutions to the problem situation.
5.  Synthesize a set of events in a life history of a deaf or hearing
   American, into a concise and grammatically correct narration in ASL of
   the life history.
6.  Analyze and produce a grammatically correct description of the
   nationalities and ancestries of several persons and, using events in
   their family histories and ASL sequencing techniques, create a basic
   narrative in ASL.
7.  Outline the major points of several topics about Deaf culture,
   including:  Examples of ASL literature, folklore and poetry;
   cross-cultural communication strategies between Deaf and hearing
   people; Martha's Vineyard, the first known natural signing community
   in America; and biographies of several important Deaf Americans.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Locating Things Around the House Using ASL
    A.  Describing a house in terms of rooms, colors, exterior materials
        and trim
    B.  Describing the contents of living room, bedroom, kitchen, or
    C.  Discussing and comparing different homes and their contents
    D.  Describing rearrangement of items in a house
    E.  Using locative classifiers
    F.  Phrase and vocabulary review
    G.  Grammatical concepts
        1.  Topic-comment structure
        2.  Non-dominant hand as reference
        3.  Types of locative classifiers
        4.  Ordinal numbers
     H.  Deaf culture topics
     1.  Examples of ASL Literature:  Handshape stories
     2.  Examples of ASL Folklore:  Cheers and songs in sign language
II.  Describing Illness and Problem Situations Around the Home Using ASL
    A.  Signs for common physical ailments
    B.  Events on a one-time, continuous, or recurring basis
    C.  Problems and annoyances among pets, family members and neighbors
    D.  Phrase and vocabulary review
    E.  Grammatical concepts
        1.  Adverbs for recurring and continuous events
        2.  Recurring and continuous temporal aspect
        3.  Inflecting verbs
     F. Deaf culture topic:  Some examples of ASL Poetry
III. Making Requests, Suggestions and Offers of Assistance in ASL
    A.  Expressing concern and offering suggestions or advice
    B.  Using context to deduce the meaning of a fingerspelled word
    C.  Phrase and vocabulary review
    D.  Grammatical concepts
        1.  Role shifting
        2.  Conditional sentences
        3.  Clock numbers
    E.  Deaf culture topic:  cross cultural communication strategies
        between Deaf and hearing people
IV.  Exchanging Personal Information in ASL About Life Events in One's
    Immediate Family
    A.  Narrating events in a life history using ages as referents
    B.  Sequencing techniques in narrating a life history
    C.  Applying generalized time to a narrate life history
    D.  Describing unexpected changes in a life history
    E.  Phrase and vocabulary review
    F.  Grammatical concepts
        1.  When clauses
        2.  Phrasing for sequencing events
        3.  Contrastive structure
    G.  Deaf culture topic:  A brief history of Martha's Vineyard, the
        first known natural signing community in America
V.   Describing and Narrating Life Events in a History of One's Ancestors
    A.  Signs of various countries around the world
    B.  Describing ancestry and family backgrounds in terms of
    C.  Giving a narrative of an extended family or ancestral history
    D.  Phrase and vocabulary review
    E.  Grammatical concepts
        1.  Possessive forms
        2.  Descriptive and locative classifiers
        3.  Dates and addresses
    F.  Deaf culture topic:  Biographies of several important Deaf

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1.  Reading 15-20 pages per week of informational materials about Deaf
2.  Writing three to four 2-3-page compositions about Deaf culture topics.
3.  Problem-solving assignments
   a.  Completing practice exercises from the workbook, video and
       teacher-prepared materials.
   b.  Group practice activities, games and other activities.
   c.  Reviewing lessons from the workbook and video and teacher-prepared
   d.  Practicing conversational dialogues in ASL (as individuals and
4.  Skill demonstrations
   a.  Performing conversational dialogues in ASL.
   b.  Three-four presentations in ASL about deaf culture topics.
   c.  Viewing and interpreting short passages in ASL.
   d.  Performing short stories and narratives in ASL.
5.  Weekly or bi-weekly quizzes, chapter exams and final.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Compositions; reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
See Problem Solving Assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 35%
See Skill demonstration assignments
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 35%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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  Smith, DawnSign Press, 1989 (Level two, lessons 13-15 and review).
Instructor prepared materials.

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