American Sign Language 323
ASL 323: American Sign Language (ASL) III
Prerequisites: ASL 221/COSD 221 and ASL 222
Credit Hours: (3)
Provides students with intensive study and practice of ASL vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatic language skills building upon skills developed in ASL 221/COSD 221 and ASL 222.
Note(s): Required for students in the deaf and hard of hearing program.
ASL 323 represents the third semester of a four-semester sequence. Students study and practice intermediate ASL vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatic language skills. The course emphasizes the learning of basic person-to-person (i.e. “through the air”) conversational signing skills in ASL, including an expanded study of both visual literature (ASL) and written literature (English) authored by members of the Deaf culture. An emphasis is placed upon cross-cultural perspectives on Deaf or hard of hearing children and the linguistic impact of educational placement options.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
This course is taught in ASL (“voice off”), using written, rather than spoken English, as needed. ASL syntax, grammar, and vocabulary are studied via lecture supplemented with videorecordings of fluent ASL signers. Students work in small groups to complete structured practice exercises guided by the instructor. Skill generalization is facilitated through natural conversation requiring spontaneous and contingent responses, and moreover, the use of expressive and receptive ASL clarification strategies. Multicultural issues, linguistic code-switching, and language dominance in Deaf education are studied via assigned readings, lecture, and discussion, drawing upon the scholarly literature and on visual literature (ASL) and written literature (English) authored by members of the Deaf culture. Students attend Silent Gatherings that promote maximum interaction with the Deaf community and facilitate understanding of the dynamic language, culture, and multicultural issues alive in the Deaf community today. Students continue to develop a multimedia portfolio that offers samples of their ASL skills.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
Goals, objectives, and assignments in this class address NCATE Standard 1b/ Pedagogical Content Knowledge and 1c / Skills Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge and Skills, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Knowledge and Skill Standards, the Council on Education of the Deaf, and the Virginia Department of Education teacher licensure competencies. Code for CEC/CED Standards: CC = Common Core and DH = Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Code for VADOE Standards: VHI = Virginia’s Hearing Impairments PreK-12 and VPS = Virginia’s Professional Studies.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Develop proficiency in the language used to teach individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and master ASL conversational skills and vocabulary to effectively communicate with members of the Deaf community in the United States (DH1S2, DH4S1, VHI8).
2. Develop and enrich cultural competency relative to the deaf community and demonstrate awareness of dynamic language, culture, and multicultural issues alive in the Deaf community today (DH1S2).
3. Implement strategies for developing sign language proficiency in signing students (DH6S5).
4. Facilitate independent communication in all contexts involving ASL for learners who are deaf or hard of hearing (DH6S3)
5. Participate in an academic exploration of multicultural issues, linguistic code-switching, and language dominance as it relates to spoken languages in general (DH1S2).
6. Participate in an academic exploration of multicultural literacy, linguistic code switching, and language as it relates to the Deaf culture uniquely (DH1S2, CC3K4).
Assessment measures may include class participation, announced and unannounced quizzes, in-class exams, student presentations completed in ASL, conversational assignments completed in and outside the class, and a research paper or academic essay on the language, culture, and/or literature of the Deaf community. Exams may include interpretation of ASL presented live or on videotape, expressive signing exercises, and objective, written questions. A final comprehensive exam, which may include an ASL component and a written English component, is administered.
Other Course Information
Videotaped material will be made available to students for viewing on their own time for additional practice in comprehending sign language.
Review and Approval
Revised April, 2009