SRJC Course Outlines

9/24/2023 12:55:01 AMASL 1 Course Outline as of Summer 2022

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 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates

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 or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
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

Approval and Dates
Version:010Course Created/Approved: 8/1/1981
Version Created:1/24/2022Course Last Modified:8/12/2023
Submitter:Jessica PardoeCourse Last Full Review:1/25/2021
Version Status:Approved Changed CoursePrereq Created/Approved:1/25/2021
Version Status Date:2/7/2022Semester Last Taught:Summer 2023
Version Term Effective:Summer 2022Term Inactive:


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Intitate and respond to simple and brief conversations in ASL using statements, questions, and behaviors that are appropriate among ASL signers.
2. Use and comprehend basic vocabulary for a variety of everyday topics and activities, including the manual alphabet and numbers.
3. Use simple grammatical structures such as directional verbs, indexing, contrastive structure, subject-predicate order, with attention to ASL paramenters and non-manual markers.
4. Discuss features of the culture and history of Deaf people and ASL, including sociolingustic and intersectional variations in the Deaf experiences.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.   Demonstrate understanding of signing and fingerspelling with accuracy.
2.   Compose short comprehensible sentences with communicative purposes, displaying minimum surface- level errors in ASL parameter usage.
3.   Generate questions and requests using simple grammatical structures involving subjects and predicates.
4.   Respond to other signers, using common ASL vocabulary and metalinguistic feedback related to everyday topics.
5.   Use greetings, interactions, and conversational techniques in a culturally appropriate manner.
6.   Correctly interpret or evaluate content from authentic ASL texts.
7.   Use basic grammatical structures involving subjects and predicates.
8.   Use fingerspelling to express names, lexicalized signs and loan words.
9.   Develop, organize, and sign short narratives.
10. Describe social, cultural, historical, political, sociolinguistic, and intersctional 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
         4. online resources
    B. Production of ASL texts (videos)
    C. Introduction of ASL conventions
         1. eye contact
         2. voices off
         3. attention-getting
         4. turn-taking
    D. Introduction to commands and requests
II. Vocabulary Development
     A. People
         1. identitiy
         2. nationalities
         3. hearing/deaf family members
         4. roles
         5. agent markers
         6. ages
    B. Places
         1. housing
         2. work
         3. classroom
         4. school
         5. community features
         6. cities
         7. states
         8. geography
    C. Descriptions
         1. clothing
         2. physical appearance
         3. sizes
         4. distances
         5. colors
         6. shapes
         7. opinions
         8. feelings
    D. Numbers and time
         1. cardinal 1-100
         2. ordinal 1-20th
         3. days
         4. weeks
         5. months
         6. years
         7. seasons
         8. durations
    E. Activities
         1. leisure
         2. sports
         3. hobbies
    F. Greetings
         1. salutations
         2. valedictions
         3. introducing one another
    G. Negations
         1. lack of
         2. refusal
         3. disagreement
         4. dislike
         5. don't want
    H. Miscellaneous
         1. food
         2. drink
         3. holidays
         4. popular culture
         5. current trends
         6. technology
III. Grammatical Development
     A. Parameters
         1. handshape
         2. location
         3. movement
         4. palm orientation
         5. non-manual markers
    B. Classifiers
         1. descriptive
         2. locative
         3. instrumental
         4. semantic
         5. entity
    C. Non-manual markers
         1. facial expressions
         2. body shifting
         3. mouth morphemes
    D. Basic sentence
         1. subject-predicate structure
         2. topicalization
         3. personal pronouns
         4. possessive pronouns
         5. sequencing
    E. Verb modification
         1. directionality
         2. noun-verb
         3. spatial agreement
    F. Comparisons
         1. constrastive structure
         2. listing/ranking
    G. Questions
         1. yes/no
         2. wh-q
         3. rhetorical
         4. strategies for asking about signs
IV. Composition
    A. Short narratives (autobiographical)
    B. Retelling stories
         1. folktale
         2. humor
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
              a. notable events
              b. places
              c. persons
         7. current issues and trends
         8. cultural activities
         9. sociolinguistic and intersectional topics

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1. Reading 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 50-75 signs per week)
4. Receptive practice exercises (3-7 per week)
5. Expressive practice exercises, such as vocabulary recitations, solo monologues, paired or group dialogues; presentations; role-playing (2-5 per week)
6. Expressive video or live performance projects (2-4 projects per semester)
7. Written responses (6-8 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 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, expressive projects, receptive exercises
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%
Video recordings

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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True+Way American Sign Language (online)
My ASL Book: A Communicative Approach for Learning a Visual Language. Bangs, Donald. Kendall Hunt Publishing. 2012 (classic)
ASL at work (print and DVD). Newell, William and Sanders, Cynthia and Holcomb, Barbara. DawnSignPress. 2010 (classic)
Signing Naturally: Student Workbook, Units 1-6 (book and DVDs). Smith, Cheri and Lentz, Ella and Milos, Ken. DawnSign Press. 2008 (classic)
MasterASL! Level One Student Textbook (print and DVD). Zinza, Jason. Sign Media, Inc. 2006. (classic)
Instructor prepared materials


Student Preparation
 Matric Assessment Required:ERequires English Assessment
 Prerequisites-generate description:NPNo Prerequisite
 Advisories-generate description:AAuto-Generated Text
 Prereq/coreq-registration check:NNo Prerequisite Rules Exist
 Requires instructor signature:NInstructor's Signature Not Required
 Method of instruction:02Lecture
 71Internet-Based, Simultaneous Interaction
 72Internet-Based, Delayed Interaction
 Area department:WLANGWorld Languages
 Division:71Language Arts & Academic Foundations
 Special topic course:NNot a Special Topic Course
 Program Status:1Both Certificate and Major Applicable
 Repeatability:00Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
 Repeat group id:  
 Audit allowed:YAuditable
 Open entry/exit:NNot Open Entry/Open Exit
 Credit by Exam:NCredit by examination not allowed
 Budget code: Program:0000Unrestricted
 Budget code: Activity:1135American Sign Language
Disciplines:Sign Language, American
 Basic Skills:NNot a Basic Skills Course
 Level below transfer:YNot Applicable
 CVU/CVC status:YDistance Ed, Not CVU/CVC Developed
 Distance Ed Approved:YEither online or hybrid, as determined by instructor
 Emergency Distance Ed Approved:YFully Online
Partially Online
Online with flexible in-person activities
 Credit for Prior Learning:NAgency Exam
NIndustry Credentials
 Non-credit category:YNot Applicable, Credit Course
 Classification:YLiberal Arts and Sciences Courses
 SAM classification:ENon-Occupational
 TOP code:0850.00Sign Language
 Work-based learning:NDoes Not Include Work-Based Learning
 DSPS course:NNO
 In-service:NNot an in-Service Course

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