ASL 101 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                       Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts and ASL Career Studies Certificate


Course Number and Title:  ASL 101, Introduction to American Sign Language


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:    3       Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals.  Focuses on communicative competence.  Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement.  Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


This is the first course in American Sign Language which is designed to teach basic skills in ASL and to teach an awareness of various aspects of Deaf culture.  This transfer quality course strengthens writing, speaking, and listening critically and reflectively and to engage in basic communication skills.  It exposes students to a significant subculture in both the U.S. and world communities.


III.           Required background: 


 ENF 3 competency recommended.


IV.          Course Content:


A.   Signing Skills

                              i.    Expressive skills

                            ii.    Receptive skills

B.   Deaf Culture

                              i.    The Deaf Community

                            ii.    Deafness and Hard of Hearing persons

                           iii.    Technology used by the Deaf Community

                           iv.    Social issues facing the deaf community

                            v.    Educational and vocational issues confronting the deaf community

C.   ASL Linguistic Feature

                              i.    Grammar

                            ii.    Syntax

                           iii.    Vocabulary


V.           Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to demonstrate or express in ASL  to introduce oneself

B.   Be able to exchange personal information

C.   Be able to finger spell one’s name and numbers 0-50 in ASL

D.   Discuss one’s surrounding in ASL.

E.   Tell where one lives in ASL

F.    Discuss one’s family in ASL

G.   Introduce negative statements in ASL

H.   Tell about basic activities in ASL

I.      Express time concepts in ASL

J.    Identify essential features and issues of deaf culture

K.   Understand the basic structure of ASL

Student performance will be assessed by expressive and receptive evaluations, which include student demonstrations, quizzes, tests, papers, or special projects as assigned by the faculty member.


         VII.    This course supports the following  objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


   Cultural and Social Understanding