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ASL 202 - American Sign Language IV

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Continuation of ASL 201 . Includes: use of sign space; conceptual accuracy; directionality; mimetic description; dialects; numerical applications; American Sign Language (ASL) expansions; English words with no direct ASL translation; English passive voice to ASL active voice; rendering ASL and English passages; current cultural issues; and the field of interpreting. Because language and culture are inextricably linked, this course will also demonstrate how ASL conveys the values, beliefs, customs, and history of American Deaf culture.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 201  with a grade of C or better.
Information: Students will be required to perform an additional ten lab hours outside of regular classroom schedule. The lab experience is designed to provide a “signing only” environment for students to practice classroom skills with Deaf tutors; expose students to communication in a Deaf environment; provide students with real life exposure to the Deaf community. This class is conducted primarily without voice.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - Options and C; Meets CTE - A&H and C.

Course Learning Outcomes
1.     Employ expressive communicative skills in American Sign Language at an advanced level.

2.     Demonstrate receptive communicative skills in American Sign Language at an advanced level.

3.     Analyze the cultural contexts of the peoples who use American Sign Language.

  1. Use of Prosody
    1. Complex modulation/inflections
  1. Tension
  2. Movement
  3. Speed
  4. Face and body expression

a.   Markers and meanings

b.   Body inflections

  1. Placements
  2. Mouth movements
  3. Classifiers

a.   Relationships

b.   Multiple uses

c.   Nuances/inflections

d.   English equivalents

  1. Discrete eye gaze
    1. Status
    2. Height
    3. Agreement
    4. Tracking
    5. Placement
      1. Reality principle
  1. Horizontal mapping
  2. Vertical mapping
  3. Frame of reference
  4. Direct address
    1. Scaling
    2. Sign space
    3. Directionality
    4. Mimetic description
  5. Conceptual Accuracy
    1. English words with multiple signs
    2. American Sign Language (ASL) signs with multiple English translations
    3. English idioms
    4. ASL idioms
    5. Euphemisms/equivocations

III.     Sentence Sequencing/Translation Considerations

A.   English passive voice to ASL active voice

B.   Use of English expansions

C.   Use of complex topicalization

D.   English words with no direct translations

      1.   Compounding

      2.   Form and function

E.   Use of different discourse styles

IV.     Sign space usage

A.   Body inflections

B.   Perspectives

C.   Place holders/reference hands

D.   Agreement

V.      Fingerspelling and numbers

A.   Increase speed and clarity

B.   Acronyms

C.   Lexicalized Fingerspelling

VI.     Dialects

VII.    Numerical Applications

VIII.   ASL Expansions

  1. Creating Contrast
  2. Reiteration
  3. Role Shifting
  4. Faceting
  5. Couching/Nesting
  6. Explain by Example Listing
  7. Describe, Then Mime

IX.     The Field of Interpreting

  1. Basics Tenets of the Code of  Professional Conduct
  2. Professional Standards and Applications

X.      Deaf History

  1. Current Cultural Issues in the Deaf Community and Education

XI.     Deaf Culture

  1. Current Research
  2. Organizations

XII.    Communication

  1. Comparisons and Differences between ASL and English
  2. History of ASL