SRJC Course Outlines

11/27/2021 5:59:20 PMASL 4 Course Outline as of Fall 2021

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ASL 4Title:  INT AMER SIGN LANG PT 2  
Full Title:  Intermediate American Sign Language - Part 2
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 2B

Catalog Description:
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Intensive instruction in advanced intermediate American Sign Language using appropriate linguistic and cultural principles. Instruction will focus on several broad areas: exchanging personal information about life events; describing and identifying things; and talking about events and activities in the past, present and future.

Course Completion of ASL 3

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Intensive instruction in advanced intermediate American Sign Language using appropriate linguistic and cultural principles. Instruction will focus on several broad areas: exchanging personal information about life events; describing and identifying things; and talking about events and activities in the past, present and future.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of ASL 3
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1992
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesSpring 1992
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 6ALanguage Other Than EnglishFall 1996
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1992Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1992Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Engage in sustained conversations and presentations in ASL, using statements, questions, descriptions, narrative elements, and referents, while modeling behaviors and cultural norms that are considered appropriate among ASL signers.
2. Expand repertoire of vocabulary as used for everyday or specialized topics and activities, including recognition and integration of sociolinguistic variation.
3. Expand use of sophisticated grammatical and compositional structures through the study of ASL literature and discourse, including storytelling conventions, types of discussion and engaging with audiences.
4. Discuss historical and contemporary perspectives on ASL and Deaf culture, including sociolinguistic and intersectional variations in the Deaf experience.

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Students will be able to:
1.   Demonstrate understanding of signing and fingerspelling with accuracy.
2.   Compose comprehensible sentences and passages with communicative purposes, displaying accuracy in ASL parameter and grammatical usage.
3.   Generate questions, requests, narratives, and informational presentations using advanced grammatical structures involving subjects and predicates.
4.   Respond to signers and audiences, using common ASL vocabulary, metalinguistic feedback, and clarifications related to everyday and specialized topics.
5.   Use greetings, interactions, conversational, discussion and presentation techniques in a culturally appropriate manner.
6.   Correctly interpret or evaluate content from authentic ASL texts.
7.   Use advanced grammatical structures involving subjects and predicates.
8.   Use fingerspelling to express names, lexicalized signs and loan words.
9.   Develop, organize, and sign narratives and presentations.
10. Describe social, cultural, historical, political, sociolinguistic, and intersectional aspects of Deaf and signing communities in the USA.

Topics and Scope
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I. Course Orientation
    A. Accessing and using course materials
         1. classroom
         2. campus
         3. community and online resources
    B. Production of ASL texts (videos)
    C. Review of ASL conventions
         1. eye contact
         2. voices off
         3. attention-getting
         4. turn-taking
    D. Review of commands and requests
II. Vocabulary Development
    A. People
         1. identity
         2. social roles
         3. cultural roles
         4. political roles
         5. occupations
    B. Places
         1. housing and building features and details
         2. cities
         3. states
         4. nations
         5. regions
         6. geography
    C. Descriptions to enhance adjectives and adverbs
         1. use of synonyms
         2. derivatives
         3. classifiers
    D. Numbers
         1. money
         2. years
         3. timeline concepts
    E. Activities
         1. leisure
         2. sports
         3. hobbies
         4. travel
    F. Interactions
         1. sharing news
         2. making plans
         3. asking for permission
         4. making suggestions
    G. Affirmations and negations
         1. corrections
         2. confirmations
         3. elaborations
         4. concerns
         5. complaints
         6. criticism
         7. declinations
    H. Miscellaneous
         1. accidents
         2. economics
         3. health
         4. procedures
         5. natural disasters
         6. holidays
         7. popular culture
         8. current trends
         9. technology
III. Grammatical development
    A. Role shifting techniques
         1. initiator's view
         2. receiver's view
    B. Classifiers
         1. descriptive
         2. locative
         3. instrumental
         4. semantic
         5. entity
         6. body part
         7. body part shape and size specifier
         8. elemental
         9. plural
    C. Non-manual markers
         1. facial expressions
         2. body shifting
         3. mouth morphemes
    D. Conditional clauses (when clauses)
    E. Relative clauses (using "that" and pronouns)
    F. Sequences
         1. role shifting variations
         2. rhetorical questions
         3. information sharing
         4. analyses
IV. Composition
    A. Narratives
         1. autobiographical
         2. creative
    B. Problem-based scenarios
         1. conflicts
         2. resolutions
    C. Presentations (informative)
     D. Handshape storytelling (ABC)
     E. Introductory techniques
         1. background information
         2. topic statements
         3. audience engagement
    F. Explanations
         1. descriptions
         2. steps
         3. clarifications
    G. Persuasion (rhetorical appeals)
V. Cultural skills
    A. Communicating with others
         1. backchanneling
         2. clarification
         3. asking for new signs
    B. Etiquette and behavioral norms
         1. signing environments
         2. attention-getting
         3. interruptions
         4. pointing in public
         5. social conventions
    C. Traditions and heritage
         1.   folklore
         2.   storytelling
         3.   poetry
         4.   visual vernacular
         5.   humor
         6.   history
         7.   notable events
         8.   places
         9.   persons
         10. current issues and trends
         11. cultural activities
         12. sociolinguistic and intersectional topics

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1. Readings on sign language grammar, techniques, and cultural topics from textbook, print, or digital materials (average 10-15 pages per week)
2. Video viewings from DVD or online collections (1-3 hours per week)  
3. Memorization of sign vocabulary and grammatical modifications (average 20-50 signs per week)  
4. Receptive practice exercises (2-5 per week)  
5. Expressive practice exercises, such as solo monologues, paired or group dialogues; presentations; role-playing; group facilitation (2-5 per week)
6. Expressive video or live performance projects (3-6 projects per semester)
7. Written or signed responses (2-4 per semester)
8. Quizzes, tests, final exam

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%
Written or signed responses, exercises
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%
Expressive practice exercises, receptive exercises, expressive projects
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes, tests, final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Expressive video or live performance projects

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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TRUE+WAY American Sign Language (online content). 2020
Deaf Lit Extravaganza (print). Clark, J.L., Ed.  Handtype Press. 2013 (classic)
Audism Unveiled (DVD). Bahan, B., Bauman, H-D. and Montenegro, F.  DawnSignPress. 2008 (classic)
Signing Naturally: Level 3, Units 18-25 (print and DVD or online content). Mikos, Ken and Smith, Cheri and Lentz, Ella. DawnSignPress. 2001 (classic)
Movers and Shakers: Deaf People Who Changed the World (print). Carroll, Cathryn and Mathers, Susan. DawnSignPress. 1997 (classic)
Instructor-prepared materials.

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