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ASL 104 - Visual Gestural Communication

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Co-requisites: ASL 101  recommended


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: cohesion, or the sequencing of relevant pieces of communication so that they hang together and make sense; monologic discourse, which involves rules of building sequences to a point of climax and resolution in narratives; dialogic discourse with the rules for turn taking and interrupting; and stylistics that include the confidence, character and personality expressed while communicating. All of these variables are essential for fluent language use and can be practiced via VGC, even though VGC is not itself a language.

The course requires students to practice and apply skills by completing projects outside the classroom.

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 and receptive practice of gestures in isolation
  3. Productive and receptive practice of gestures in context
Reference Materials
Instructor approved textbook and materials
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 12/15/2021

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