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Instructor Info:Ruth Moore
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 108
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 108

This course introduces the third mostly widely used language in the United States and Canada. It is intended to give an overview of both the language and the culture of the deaf community. Emphasis will be focused on learning basic grammatical structure as well as developing receptive and expressive signing skills used in everyday conversation, and also being able to give a skit in American Sign Language. Cultural aspects of the Deaf community will be shared through readings, videotapes/DVDs, and class discussion.

Course Objectives:


To develop receptive and expressive signing skills, also learn basic grammatical structure of American Sign Language.

To become aware of the deaf community/deaf culture by reading books, watching DVDs and doing research work.

To be able to do a skit by the last class, also do basic communication in American Sign Language.

Evaluation Criteria:

In class receptive and expressive signing skills including a skit in American Sign Language

Quizzes and final examination to show how much students have learned in class and homework assignments

Do reaction papers/term paper


Additional Info:

Students are expected to do 6 to 8 hours of homework assignments weekly including practicing the use of American Sign Language (ASL), using their student workbooks/DVDs and doing reaction papers/term paper as assigned.  They are encouraged to attend ASL lunch coordinataed by ASL Collective.