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ASL 101 - Elem American Sign Language 1

Credits: 4
2.5 Lecture Hours 1.5 Lab Hours

This course develops the basic skills of receiving and expressing American Sign Language. Class participation includes exercises in articulation, reception, translation, grammatical patterns and description of objects and events.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language by receiving and expressing basic commands and questions.
  2. Make introductions, gain conversational attention and clarify information using American Sign Language.
  3. Employ a receptive vocabulary of no less than 850 items and an expressive vocabulary of no less than 600 of those items.
  4. Examine ASL classifier meanings by discussing concepts, movement roots and hand shapes morphemes.
  5. Demonstrate receptive/expressive forms in sign, written in the grammatical structure American Sign Language GLOSS.
  6. Identify each mouthing meaning and distinguish functions.
  7. List signs that are typically combined with each mouthing.
Listed Topics
  1. Language in Action Segments of Signing Naturally Level 1
  2. Digital Movies in American Sign Language
  3. Hand Shape Stories and ABC Stories
  4. Live Event Narratives, Skit Dialogues
  5. Facial Expressions, Finger spelling, Parameters
  6. American Sign Language Structure (OSV, Syntactic, Pragmatics) Classifiers, Role Shifting, Signing Speed, Mouthing, Numbering and Signing Space
  7. American Sign Language GLOSS—Object-Subject-Verb (OSV)
  8. Basic OSV, Topicalization
  9. American Sign Language Classifier Structures
  10. Receptive and Expressive Parameters: Hand Shapes, Location, Movements and Palm Orientations
  11. Movement Roots: Stative-Descriptive, Process and Contact
  12. Hand Shape Morphemes: Whole-Entity, Surface, Instrument, Dimensions, On-Surface
  13. Mouthing Meanings
Reference Materials
Instructor Text and Reference Guide.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/11/2009

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