SRJC Course Outlines

6/18/2021 1:45:15 AMASL 1 Course Outline as of Spring 2021

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ASL 1Title:  ELEM AMER SIGN LANG PT 1  
Full Title:  Elementary American Sign Language - Part 1
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 Scheduled06 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 1A

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to elementary American Sign Language, focusing on both receptive and expressive skills, ASL literature, and Deaf culture and community.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to elementary American Sign Language, focusing on both receptive and expressive skills, ASL literature, and Deaf culture and community.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
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 1997
 6ALanguage Other Than EnglishFall 1996Fall 1997
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1991Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1991Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Initiate and maintain simple conversations in ASL on everyday topics using statements
and questions with appropriate grammatical structures and high frequency
2. Use and comprehend appropriate vocabulary for a variety of everyday topics and activities.
3. Use appropriate grammatical structures such as yes/no questions, wh-questions,
rhetorical questions, and topicalization.
4. Identify defining features of Deaf culture, particularly as they differ from the hearing world.

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Students will be able to:
1.   Participate in interactions involving high-frequency ASL vocabulary.
2.   Comprehend and produce a variety of basic commands in grammatical ASL.
3.   Comprehend and articulate a variety of spatial orientations and relationships involving
       specific locations.
4.   Prepare a grammatically correct dialogue in ASL about the relationships between the
       family members including ages, occupations, and their likes/dislikes.
5.   Description using topicalization in ASL of dates and activities from a calendar.
6.   Use number signs, time designations, and descriptions to produce an accurate ASL
       description of a variety of situations.
7.  Use yes/no-questions, rhetorical questions, topicalization, and wh-questions.
8.   Use classifiers to describe shapes and movements among objects and people.
9.   Examine the narrative elements and structures of basic short stories in ASL and retell
       those stories.
10. Describe some basic Deaf culture rules of social interaction within the Deaf community
       and apply these rules to produce effective basic communication with Deaf people.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives
       of American Deaf culture.
12. Demonstrate ability to respond to listeners' metalinguistic feedback.
13. Demonstrate ability to recognize and produce words via fingerspelling.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Self-Identification, Personal Information, Nationalities, Hearing/Non-hearing, and Occupations
II.  Family Members
III. Clothing and Descriptive Classifiers
IV. Response to Social and Personal Questions
    A. Backchanneling
    B. Information correction
V.    Yes/No, Wh- Questions and Rhetorical Questions
VI.   The Use of Facial Expression and Non-Manual Markers
VII.  Spatial Referencing, Agent Markers, and Negation
VIII. Basic Commands
IX.    Giving and Understanding Directions and Spatial Relationships
X.     Shapes and Colors
XI.    ASL Syntax
XII.   Time and Calendar
XIII.  Wants, Needs, and Description of Feelings
XIV.  Planning and Scheduling an Activity
XV.  Storytelling - Comprehension and Retelling
XVI.  Subject, Object, Reflexive and Possessive Pronouns
XVII. Topics on Deaf History and Culture
XVIII. Social Interaction with a Deaf Person, such as:
     A. Getting attention
    B. Establishing a signing environment
    C. Clarification/repetitions
    D. Backchanneling

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1.   Reviewing lesson(s) from the textbook (average 10-15 pages per week)
2.   Memorizing signed vocabulary and verb conjugations (average 75-100 signs per week)
3.   Completing practice exercises from the workbook, video and teacher-prepared materials, as well as computer-based exercises (6-8 per week)
4.   Quizzes and exams
5.   Producing ASL videos (average 2-3 videos per semester)
6.   Watching DVDs to practice signs (6-8 videos per week)
7.   In-class participation
8.   Group and paired practice activities, presentations, group signing, role playing, dialogues
9.   Reading short paragraphs and dialogues on cultural topics
10. Written summary responses to reading assignments, 3 per semester, 1-2 pages each

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 - 15%
Summary responses
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 50%
Presentations, group signing, role playing, dialogues
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 40%
Quizzes, Exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Completion of computer-based exercises, video assignments, class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Signing Naturally: Student Workbook, Units 1-6 (book and DVDs). Smith, Cheri and Lentz, Ella and Milos, Ken. DawnSign Press. 2008 (classic)
My ASL Book: A Communicative Approach for Learning a Visual Language. Bangs, Donald. Kendall Hunt Publishing. 2012 (classic)
True+Way American Sign Language (online)
Instructor prepared materials

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