COM-325. Sign Language 1. This course offers an introduction to
American Sign Language, including finger spelling, sending and receiving signs,
background information on and receiving signs, background information on
deafness, and interaction with the deaf community.
COM-330. Sign Language 2. This course is
designed to continue lessons in finger spelling, sending and receiving signs,
and interaction with the deaf community. Prerequisites: COM-325, Sign Language
1 or equivalent.
COM-326. Sign Language 3. The course emphasizes conversation with the
deaf through additional signs, idioms, skill building, and interaction with the
deaf community. Prerequisites: COM-330: Sign Language 2 or equivalent.
COM-331. Sign Language 4. Building toward the advanced level, students will continue to expand the
grammatical features of American Sign Language with its own rules for pronunciation, word order, and complex grammar. Emphasis will be placed on increasing vocabulary, conversational
skills, and the nuances of interaction with the deaf community.Prerequisites: COM-326: Sign Language 3 or equivalent.
COM-526. Sign Language 5. Students will
continue to develop and practice skills in American Sign Language with a focus
on fluid conversation, vocabulary building, and interaction with the deaf
community. Prerequisites: COM-331 or equivalent.
COM-527. ASL Open Group Tutoring. For
students who need additional coaching and/or want more practice before further
developing their skills. Students will continue to develop and practice skills
in American Sign Language through finger spelling, sending and receiving signs,
and expanding their vocabulary with a focus on building fluid conversation.
Prerequisites: COM-330 or equivalent.
COM-348. ASL Skill Building. This course will
assist student's continued development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills.
It will focus on refining the use of pronominalization, classifiers, spatial
referencing, pluralization and non-manual markers. Students will refine the
routine communicative functions of the language such as asking for directions.
Relevant information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be
COM-379. ASL Conversation. Conversational
courses serve the purpose of applying knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL)
grammar and vocabulary as learned in Levels 1 - 4, to the description of
increasingly complex constructs, processes and situations. Students incorporate multiple character role
shifting into medium-length stories, narratives and the discussion of hypothetical
issues. Information on cultural values and attitudes as they relate to the Deaf
Community is also examined. This is an excellent course for anyone seeking to
take the "American Sign Language Proficiency Interview" (ASLPI).
COM-337. ASL and the Performing Arts. This course will assist the ASL
practitioner in developing the ability to use ASL in creative and expressive
ways. The basics of ASL performing from translation to actual performing will
include the dos and don'ts and hands-on exercises to develop the skills.
Prerequisite: COM-325: Sign Language 1 and COM-330: Sign Language 2
COM-377. ASL Storytelling. For those proficient in ASL, this course is
another application to use ASL in a creative and expressive way. Its focus will
be on building skills to tell an effective idiomatic, visually pleasing, and
grammatically accurate story with emphasis on sign production clarity and will
include the use of mouthing morphemes, classifiers, and role shifting. Whether
as entertainment, conversation or a formal presentation, storytelling in the
deaf community is historically, culturally, and linguistically significant.
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