American Sign Language 324

ASL 324: American Sign Language (ASL) IV

Prerequisites: ASL 221 /COSD 221, ASL 222, and ASL 323

Credit Hours: (3)

Provides students with intensive study and practice of advanced ASL vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatic language sills building upon skills developed in ASL 221 /COSD 221, ASL 222, and ASL 323.

Note(s): Required for students in the deaf and hard of hearing program.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

ASL 324 represents the final semester of a four-semester sequence. Students study and practice advanced ASL vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatic language skills. The course emphasizes the learning of basic person-to-person 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. Continued emphasis is placed upon cross-cultural perspectives of Deaf or hard of hearing children and the cultural, linguistic, academic and social-emotional impact of educational placement options for D/HH children.


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 will compare and contrast linguistic implications of different educational settings for Deaf and Hard of hearing students and present share their findings through ASL discussion and/or written report. Students attend multiple Deaf cultural and interpretive events that promote maximum interaction with the Deaf community and facilitate understanding of the language and culture of the Deaf.


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. (DH4S1).

2. Facilitate independent communication in all contexts (DH6S3).

3. Communicate proficiently in the sign language indigenous to the Deaf community (DH6S4).

4. Implement strategies for developing spoken language in orally communicating students and sign language proficiency in signing students (DH6S5).

5. Develop an enriched cultural competency relative to the deaf community and   demonstrate awareness of the dynamic language, culture, and multicultural issues alive in the Deaf community today (DH1S2).

6. Participate in an academic exploration of the multicultural literacy, linguistic code switching, and sign language as it relates to the Deaf culture uniquely (DH1S@,  CC3K4).

7. Demonstrate at least intermediate level skills on a standardized ASL screening.


Assessment Measures

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. Signed Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI) will be administered. 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



Review and Approval

Revised 2013

New Course June, 2009