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American Sign Language

Program Description

American Sign Language, or ASL, is the dominant sign language of Deaf Americans, including Deaf communities in the United States and in some regions of Canada and Mexico. It contains phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax and pragmatics just like spoken languages. It is both a manual and a visual language; the information is encoded with the shape and movement of the hands and other parts of the body and also with facial expressions, including mouth morphemes.

The program offers a wide variety of courses, from beginning to advanced American Sign Language.

  • ASL 101 & 102 introduce the student to the use of ASL, its grammatical rules and the cultural aspects of the deaf community.
  • ASL 103 & 104 expand the information on ASL grammar, syntax, spatial referencing, and vocabulary development. These courses incorporate dialogues, short stories, narratives and conversations.
  • ASL 110 represents an introduction to the field of ASL/English interpretation and cultural mediation. A material course for those who are considering becoming interpreters,
  • ASL 111 & 112 introduce to numerical and finger spelling systems in ASL;
  • ASL 115 is an introduction to and application of classifier use in ASL.
  • ASL 120, 130 & 140 are conducted without spoken English and help the student develop their conversational skills.
  • ASL 125 is an introductory course that overviews the American deaf culture and its history.

 

Course Description

ASL 101 — Beginning American Sign
Language I
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduces the use of American Sign Language (ASL), its grammatical rules, and cultural aspects of the deaf community. Emphasis is on building beginning receptive and expressive sign vocabulary, appropriate grammatical and affective facial expressions, syntax, and body modifiers. Study group participation and attendance to deaf events required.

ASL 102 — Beginning American Sign
Language II
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: ASL 101 or two years of high school ASL with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.Continues the basic foundations established in ASL 101. Covers the appropriate use of American Sign Language linguistic parameters, syntax, sentence types, facial expression and body language, sign space, pronominalization, nouns/verbs, time line, classifiers/SASSes, pluralizations, deaf culture, fingerspelling, and cardinal and ordinal numbers.Study group participation and attendance to deaf events required.

ASL 103 — Intermediate American Sign
Language I
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: ASL 102 or three years of high school ASL with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Continues the study of American Sign Language, with expanded information on ASL grammar, syntax, spatial referencing, and vocabulary development. Dialogues, short stories, narratives and short conversations focus on discussion of deaf culture and descriptions of people and surroundings. Study group participation and attendance to deaf events required.

ASL 104 — Intermediate American Sign
Language II
(5) F, S — CSU, UC
Prerequisites: ASL 103 or four years of high school ASL with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Builds on ASL grammatical, syntactical, temporal, spatial, numerical, conversational, dialogic and narrative skills acquired in ASL 103. Incorporates complex ASL grammatical features, contextual vocabulary building, comprehension and original generation of medium-length stories, narratives, dialogues and presentations. Conversational discussion of cultural topics and issues relevant to the deaf community. Study group participation and attendance at deaf events required.

ASL 110 — Introduction to ASL/English
Interpretation
(2) F, S — CSU
Prerequisites: ASL 101 or two years of high school ASL with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduction to the field of American Sign Language/English interpretation and cultural mediation. Designed to be of specific interest to those who are considering becoming interpreters or those who use, purchase, or schedule interpreting services.

ASL 111 — Fingerspelling and Numbers I
(2) F, S, Summer — CSU
Prerequisites: ASL 101 or 120 or 2 years of high school ASL, with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduction to numerical and fingerspelling systems in American Sign Language.

ASL 112 — Fingerspelling and Numbers II
(2) F, S, Summer — CSU
Prerequisites: ASL 111 or ASL 102 or ASL 130 or 3 years of high school ASL with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H or ENG 110GB.
Advanced practice and application of fingerspelling and numbers in American Sign Language.

ASL 115 — Classifiers
(2) F, S, Summer — CSU
Prerequisites: ASL 103 or ASL 140 or four years of high school ASL w/ minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Introduction to and application of classifier use in American Sign Language.

ASL 120 — Beginning Conversational
American Sign Language
(2) F, S — CSU
Prerequisites: ASL 101 or two years of high school ASL with a minimum grade of “C” or qualifying score
on SBCC SoML placement exam.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H or ENG 110GB.
Creates natural contexts to generate and engage in conversational American Sign Language. Students apply and expand their knowledge and use of ASL through real world application. Conducted without spoken English; requires field trips and interaction with the local deaf community.

 

 

 

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