Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the basic skills in developing production and comprehension skills in American Sign Language (ASL).  Students will learn ASL vocabulary, structure, and grammar.  Course content also includes the manual alphabet and numbers. Students will develop basic conversational abilities, culturally appropriate behaviors, and learn about the culture and history of Deaf communities.  




Course Goals: 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to…

  1. Vocabulary Development
    • Recognize and produce vocabulary items in each unit.
    • Demonstrate comprehensive mastery of targeted vocabulary words drawn from class items, lectures, and videos.
  2. Grammatical Features
    • Demonstrate comprehensive mastery of target, content-specific commands, questions, and statements in ASL. 
    • Identify grammatical features within short dialogues in ASL directed by the professor. 
  3. Conversational and Communication Skills
    • Demonstrate comprehension and conversation facilitating behaviors.
    • Demonstrate comprehension and production of regulating behaviors (i.e. attention-getting techniques, turn-taking signals, and others)
    • Comprehend short narratives and stories in ASL signed by the professor, Deaf ASL speakers, or ASL videos added by the professor.
    • Demonstrate the ability to create, conduct and terminate a short content-specific conversation.
  4. Cultural Awareness
    • Analyze and critique competing perspectives of diverse Deaf Communities in the United States and Canada, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices, and its history. 
    • Compare, contrast, and interpret differences and commonalities among Deaf and hearing cultures.


Material Requirements: 

Purple Moontower. (2022). TRUE+WAY ASL Student eWorkbook Units 1-3 (3rd ed.). 


Course Fees: 

  • $990 per course
  • $45 course materials (TRUE+WAY ASL Student eWorkbook)

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Class Schedule:

ASL 1 schedule