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ASL 104 - Visual Gestural Communication


Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Description
Visual Gestural Communication (VGC) provides a means of bypassing vocabulary and strict grammar rules of a language and aiming directly at other very important components of effective communication. These include 1)cohesion-the sequencing of relevant pieces of communication so that they hang together and "make sense", 2)monologic discourse - the rules of building sequences to a point of climax and resolution in narratives; 3)dialogic discourse - the rules of turn taking and interrupting in dialogic discourse; 4)stylistics - the confidence, character and personality expressed while communicating. All four of these variables are essential for fluent language use and can be practiced via VGC, even though VGC is not itself a language.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the difference between gestures and signs.
  2. Demonstrate receptive comprehension of gestural information.
  3. Demonstrate expressive production of gestural information.
  4. Produce the five variables required in using gestural information: fluency in the pacing and overall flow of the presentation,  clear articulation of gesture choices, appropriate choice of gestures and sequencing,  appropriate use of posture and physical space,  confidence and performance of all tasks.
Listed Topics
  1. Review of the difference between gestures and signs
  2. Productive practice of gestures in isolation
  3. Receptive practice of gestures in isolation
  4. Productive practice of gestures in context
  5. Receptive practice of gestures in context
Reference Materials
Various Handouts; Instructional Materials Supplied by Instructor; CD or DVD or VHS.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 01/25/2007


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