ASL& 121 American Sign Language I • 5 Cr.
Introduces the basic vocabulary and grammar of ASL for the beginning student and reviews the cultural aspects of deafness. Fulfills humanities course requirement at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of fundamental definitions of deaf culture and knowledge of the deaf community through interactions and written work.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic issues common to American deaf culture, its history and values, through written work (reports, tests, group work and videos). Also identify elements of deaf culture that are different from or similar to their own and identify elements of deaf family life that are different from or similar to their own family lives.
- Explain and illustrate the substrates of a natural language as opposed to artificial languages or codes.
- Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of fundamental ASL language functions, grammatical structures and general principles of human language functions that apply not only to ASL but also to various natural languages. (Grammatical Elements -noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, subject, object, topic, comment).
- Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the rules governing the use of finger-spelling and ASL's numbers by correct responses and translations in conversations and exams and correct application in conversations and expressive assignments.
- Translate ideas from ASL to English and English to ASL and demonstrate their skill through quizzes, exams, class presentations, and interactions.
- Recognize and understand correct use of ASL through daily practice of core vocabulary by correct responses, translations and application in classroom conversation, receptive exams and expressive assignments.
- Gain a general knowledge of grammatical constructs, rules, and functions of American Sign Language and demonstrate this knowledge through usage, responses, translations and application in classroom conversation, receptive exams and expressive assignments.