ASL 201-202 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014


Curriculum In Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts & ASL Career Studies Certificate


Course Number & Title: ASL 201-202 American Sign Language III-IV


Credit Hours: 3 -4Hours/Wk Lecture: 3-4 Hours/Wk Lab: Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description: Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Contact with the Deaf Community is encouraged to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Prerequisite: ASL 102 or permission of instructor.


II.            Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which course is taught:


This is a transfer level ASL course which strengthens receptive and expressive sign language skills. It continues to expose students to a significant subculture in both the U.S. and Deaf world communities.


III.           Required Background: ENF 3 competency recommended.


IV.          Course Content:


Material taught revolves around a major language function:


A.   Locating things around the house;

B.   Complaining and making requests;

C.   Talking about life events, nationalities and family histories;

D.   Describing objects;

E.   Talking about the weekend;

F.    Class projects which encourage interaction with the Deaf Community

G.   Conversational skills in confirming and correcting information;

H.   Opening and closing conversations;

I.      Asking for clarification;

J.    Agreeing, declining or hedging;

K.   Using appropriate response behaviors


V.           Learner Outcomes


Students will be able to:

VI.          Evaluation/Assessment

A.               Increase ASL comprehension of signed narratives/conversations

B.               Comfortably discuss home environment in target language;

C.               Improve parameters of sign language;

D.               Improve Inflections for Temporal Aspect

E.               Increase an understanding and sign use of numbers counting, clock numbers, money numbers and three-digit numbers;

F.                Increase understanding of the Deaf Community through cultural readings and exposure


A.               Student will be measured by classroom participation, homework, quizzes and tests.

B.               Expressive/Receptive ASL video tapes

C.               All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Cultural and Social Understanding