ASL 101: First Year American Sign Language I

Credits 4
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Introduction to ASL stressing the development of expressive skill, receptive skill, and cultural awareness through a communication approach. Primary emphasis on the student's active use of the language. Emphasizes active conversational competence in ASL. Includes visual readiness skills, vocabulary, culture and grammar used for meeting communication needs. Proficiency target level: Novice high. For beginners.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • participate in simple conversations using expressive ASL skills, basic vocabulary, grammar, facial markers, and non-manual signals to engage in common interactions with Deaf people.
  • apply language-learning skills to interactions in the Deaf community
  • appreciate the linguistic and cultural diversity of Deaf people and behave with respect and understanding
  • meet the skills required for Novice High (ACTFL guideline)

ASL 101 is a course for beginners, so there are no prerequisites.

Grading Options
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Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS. ASL 101 is offered for 5 hours of transferable credit. It satisfies part of the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, counts as an elective for the A.A. degree, and contributes to the general education requirement for other Association Degrees.