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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
AMSL I (C or better) or equivalent
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course may not satisfy foreign language requirements at transfer institutions.
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society’s cultural heritage, such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations;
      2. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society’s cultural heritage, such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations;
      2. compare, contrast, analyze, and/or defend differing world views and practices.

      Category III
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Students:
    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; 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
    Conditionals
    Topic-comment structure
    Numbering systems for ordinal numbers, money and clock time
    Vocabulary and social contexts
    Giving directions
    Describing others
    Making requests
    Discussing family and occupations
    Attributing qualities to others
    Talking about routines

    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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students
      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

    3. Core (if applicable)
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use text, multimedia files, and workbook of first-year proficiency-based American Sign Language program. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section 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