AMSL110 American Sign Language I
Department of Language & Literature: American Sign Language
Course Number and TitleAMSL110 American Sign Language I
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationThis course may not satisfy foreign language requirements at transfer institutions.
Catalog Course DescriptionIn this introduction to American Sign Language, students develop visual receptive skills, with a focus on visual memory, visual discrimination, and gestural expressive skills, and learn basic ASL vocabulary and grammatical structures. This course introduces students to the American Deaf Community as a linguistic and cultural minority.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- develop receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language;
- recognize and produce ASL vocabulary and grammatical structures; and
- articulate an awareness of some of the cross-cultural issues facing the American Deaf Community as a minority culture.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society’s cultural heritage, such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations;
- compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments;
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will:
International, Gender and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- practice and apply the grammatical forms mentioned below in the communicative context of expressive and receptive signing skills
- acquire and use appropriate vocabulary based on the everyday topics mentioned below
- determine the right way to express themselves in various social settings, by learning on an elementary level “how, when, and why to say what to whom”
- compare and contrast the various cultural aspects of Deaf culture and community with their own
Vocabulary and non-manual grammatical signals for question forms (yes/no and “wh”-forms)
Pronoun relationships (indicative, possessive)
Subject-object relationships and directionality
Non-manual adjectives for distance
Use of space
Numbering systems for cardinal numbers, age and calendar time
Vocabulary and Social Contexts
Introduce themselves and others
Exchange personal information
Talk about their surroundings
Tell about where they live and modes of transportation
Talk about families
Talk about daily activities
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Students
- take frequent quizzes and unit tests;
- complete homework, such as short composition and grammatical exercises;
- perform visual comprehension exercises; and
- participate in visual interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.
- Core (if applicable)
- Cultural Perspectives: Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing worldviews and practices of some members of the deaf community.
- International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course. Students articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Students use text, multimedia resources, and workbook of first-year proficiency-based American Sign Language program and a supplemental cultural reader. See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date -3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011