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American Sign Language: American Sign Language I

ASL 001 OL3 (CRN: 61761)

4 Credit Hours

About ASL 001 OL3

Introduction of American Sign Language with emphasis on visual receptive and expressive use including facial expressions and gestures. Elements of the Deaf Culture are explored.


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Dates: June 15 - July 10, 2020

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Section Description

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of American Sign Language, focuses on building receptive and expressive skills through a visual-gestural modality, and provides an overview of Deaf culture.

Section Expectation

This course has a strict no voice and mouthing in the classroom policy. All conversation in the classroom should be in ASL before, after, and during class. This allows you to learn ASL more quickly and effectively. This will improve your fluency in ASL, encourage you to become visual communicators, and allows everyone to maintain visual concentration in the classroom. This policy also prevents any suspicion of academic misconduct or inappropriate comments directed to other students that the instructor is unable to monitor. Last but not least, it is culturally inappropriate to talk without signing in a Deaf person’s presence. Voicing or mouthing during class will result in a grading penalty. Persistent disregard of this policy will result in you being asked to leave the classroom and to meet with the instructor during office hours. Attendance Expectations: Attendance is mandatory. Since this course involves many in-class/on-line activities, quizzes, and essential language practice with the instructor, absences will have an adverse effect on your grade. Students are expected to arrive to class/on-line on time. Students will be allowed 1 absences without penalty. Each absence afterwards will have a 10% deduction as shown below: For Absences – the policy is shown below: First Absence – no penalty Second Absence – 10% deduction of the final grade (drop a letter grade) Third Absence – Fail the course A student with three (3) or more absences will receive a grade of “W” or “F” depending on the date. ***Two (2) late arrivals (15 minutes) or leave early will be equivalent to 1 absence which will be applied to the policy stated above. *** If a student arrives more than 30 minutes late, it will count as an absence. No late arrivals are allowed on test day. Exceptions may be made only in cases of medical emergencies and religious holidays. Employment and other academic pressure do not constitute an excused absence. It is your responsibility to notify your instructor in advance if you are unable to attend, plan to arrive late or leave early. Notification does not warrant an approval for your request.


Your comprehension and production skills will be evaluated regularly. You will also be evaluated on your preparation for class activities and your assignments outside of the class. 1. Participation/Engagement 10% Students are expected to attend and engage in the class and lab on a consistent basis to receive full credit. Conduct yourselves in a manner that is conductive to the participation of all students in the classroom. Arrive on time, turn off your cell phones, and do not text during class and lab. Your engagement includes cultural behaviors on a consistent basis in order to show respect. Cultural behaviors include: maintain your eye contact, use no voice, make yourself clearly visible to other students and your professor, use appropriate ways to get one’s attention, and use strategies to communicate if you do not understand 2. Assignments 30% a. TRUE+WAY ASL (TWA) e-Workbook assignments (5%) – You are required to perform and upload workbook assignments on Blackboard. In order to earn full credit, you complete and upload all worksheets on time. This workbook is designed to retain and reinforce what is learned in the classroom. b. GoReact Assignments (20%) - You will use GoReact to produce a video demonstrating your ability to use certain grammatical features in ASL sentences. There will be five assignments. c. ASL Events (5%) – You must attend at least two of the approved events provided by your professor. If you want to attend an event that is not listed, please notify your professor immediately. You must actively participate in the event for an hour. After the event, you write a 250-word critical reflection on your participation including making references to the assigned articles you read. 3. Quizzes (Receptive only) 40% Quizzes assess students’ receptive skills. Each quiz will cover all material presented to that point of the class. They will include information from quizzes, TRUE+WAY ASL, class notes, handouts, lectures, vocabulary videos, and assigned articles. There will be no make-up of the tests except under circumstances I deem to be extreme or unique. 4. Final Exam 20% The Final exam assesses students’ receptive and expressive skills. Students are expected to demonstrate their newly-acquired knowledge of vocabulary, grammatical rules, and cultural behaviors in their expressive videos. There will be no make-up of the final exam except under circumstances I deem to be extreme or unique.




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