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ASL& 221 - American Sign Language IV

5 CR

Reviews and expands basic first-year ASL skills. Students increase their understanding of ASL grammar, expand vocabulary, and improve productive and receptive language skills within a cultural context.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 123  (prev ASL 103) with a C- or better or permission of instructor.

Course Outcomes
  • Read and write basic ASL sentences using contemporary methods of gloss.
  • Identify, define and give examples of basic linguistic properties of American Sign Language.
  • Identify and explain historical events, and agents pursuant to the development of American Sign Language.
  • Engage in culturally appropriate, signed conversations about home environments and life events, as well as making socially appropriate complaints, suggestions, and requests.
  • Respond appropriately to signed complaints, suggestions, and requests, in accordance to Deaf cultural norms.
  • Demonstrate vocabulary and grammatical acumen to engage in various conversations about household items, locations, nationality, immigration, family history, and common life events and to identify and explain the cultural values that shape the norms of Deaf conversation and behavior related to these topics.
  • Produce and understand signed numbers from 1-1000, ordinal numbers, addresses, phone numbers, clock numbers, dates, and multiples of 100.
  • Ask questions in a variety of contexts, and to express agreement and disagreement.
  • Fluently produce yes/no and “WH” questions with proper supporting non-manual grammatical signals.
  • Identify, explain, and effectively apply the topic-comment structure, and supporting non-manual grammatical signals.
  • Understand and produce Inflecting verbs with proper verb agreement, with spatial and conceptual accuracy.
  • Demonstrate ability to use and understand locative, descriptive, plural, semantic, body part, element, instrument, and body classifiers.
  • Express and understand grammatical properties of temporal aspect related to recurring and continuous time signs; “when” clauses, and phrasing for sequencing events.
  • Understand and apply role shifting.
  • Understand and apply the grammar related to conditional sentences and contrastive structures.
  • Understand and apply singular, plural, and possessive pronouns.

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