AMSL111 American Sign Language II

Department of Language & Literature: American Sign Language

I. Course Number and Title
AMSL111 American Sign Language II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
AMSL110 (C or better) or equivalent
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course may not satisfy foreign language requirements at transfer institutions.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course continues the work begun in AMSL110; 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. Students further their association with the American Deaf Community as a linguistic and cultural minority.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. continue to develop receptive and expressive skills in American Sign Language [Arts/Humanities];
    2. recognize and produce more complex ASL vocabulary and grammatical structures; and
    3. articulate an awareness of more of the cross-cultural issues facing the American Deaf Community as a minority culture [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities


    1. practice and apply the grammatical forms mentioned below in the communicative context of expressive and receptive signing skills;
    2. acquire and use appropriate vocabulary based on the everyday topics mentioned below;
    3. 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; and
    4. compare and contrast the various cultural aspects of Deaf culture and community with their own.

    Grammatical topics

    Vocabulary and non-manual grammatical signals for question forms (“wh-“ and rhetorical forms)

    Descriptive classifiers
    Temporal sequencing
    Pronoun relationships (dual-pronouns, reflexives)
    Verb forms (locative, inflected and spatial)
    Non-manual adjectives and adverbs
    Topic-comment structure
    Numbering systems for ordinal numbers, money and clock time

    Vocabulary and Social Contexts

    Giving directions
    Describing others
    Making requests
    Talking about family and work
    Attributing qualities to others
    Talking about routines

  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals


    1. take frequent quizzes and unit tests;
    2. complete homework, such as short composition and grammatical exercises;
    3. perform visual comprehension exercises; and
    4. participate in visual interviews and/or presentations that assess proficiency levels.

    Quizzes and tests taken in class include the cultural topics presented in the course.

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use text, multimedia resources, and workbook of first-year proficiency-based American Sign Language program and a supplemental cultural reader. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -3/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/15