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AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)
101. ASL I 4 Hours
Introduces ASL and the Deaf Community; focuses on frequently used signs through a functional-notational approach and discusses cultural features of the Deaf Community. 10 hours, ou-of-class visits to d/Deaf community events. Two-hour lab required weekly.
111. ASL II 4 Hours
Emphasizes further development of receptive and expressive skills. Advanced beginning ASL interpersonal communication skills will be continued through a functional-notational approach. 10 hours, out-of-class visits to d/Deaf community events. Two-hour lab required weekly.
201. ASL III 4 Hours
Increases vocabulary building; videotapes students' presentations; designates readings pertinent to Deaf people and their culture. 20 hours out-of-class visits to d/Deaf community events. Two-hour lab required weekly. ASL 204 must be taken concurrently.
204. Idioms & ASL Expressions 4 Hours
Studies and applies ASL idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms; compares and applies frequently used English idioms to ASL. ASL 201 must be taken concurrently
208. American Deaf Culture 3 Hours
Covers the status of Deaf people as both linguistic and cultural minority group. Topics include: cultural models, linguistic descriptions of ASL, educational and bilingual issues, literature and the arts, political and social issues.
Prerequisites: ASL 101 or with permission
ASL Home Bachelor of Arts Associates of Arts
211. ASL IV 4 Hours
Furthers intermediate-level study of ASL with an emphasis on conversation. 20 hours out-of-class visits to d/Deaf community events. Two-hour lab required
Prerequisites: ASL 201 and 204
214. Advanced Fingerspelling & Numbers 2 Hours
Provides concentrated instruction and practice in fingerspelling and numbers used in ASL. Assists the student in aquiring fluent fingerspelling ability through the use of receptive and expressive drills. Examines cardinal and ordinal numbers as well as number incorporation and unique systems.
Prerequisite: ASL 201.
260. Independent Study 1-2 Hours
For American Sign Language major only. A study of a new topic or approach to American Sign Language relative to the student's interest. Taken by permission of faculty only.
311. ASL Rhetoric 4 Hours
This is an advanced language development course. Students examine, identify, and apply rhetoric in ASL, gender and language variation in ASL, developing higher levels of social-linguistic competence in ASL use.
360. Seminar Topics 1-2 Hours
Each seminar focuses on a different topic selected to gain knowledge and expansion in ASL an/or Interpreting skills.
ASL Home Bachelor of Arts Associates of Arts
INTERPRETING (INT)
301. ASL/English Interpreting I 4 Hours
Introduces theory and skills of the interpreting process. Examines the role and necessary skills of the interpreter in various settings. Begins ASL/English interpreting drills. Lab required.
Prerequisites: Testing competency or completion of course work for A.A. degree in ASL.
302. ASL/English Interpreting II 4 Hours
Provides extensive practice utilizing videotapes and audiotapes for ASL/English interpreting. Lab required.
Prerequisites: Tested compentency or completion of course work for A.A. degree in ASL.
311. Linguistics of ASL 2 Hours
Investigates and justifies through linguistics the major grammer rules of American Sign Language. Studies specific aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax and sematics.
Prerequisites: ASL 211, ENGL 304.
353. Interpreting: Code of Ethics 2 Hours
Provides extensive training through the use of role playing by incorporating knowledge of the interpreter's Code of Ethics within a variety of situations.
401. ASL/English Interpreting III 4 Hours
Introduces deaf/blind interpreting, oral interpreting and interpreting in specialized settings. Requires out-of-class observation assignments of working interpreters. Lab required.
402. ASL/English Interpreting IV 4 Hours
Continues work toward increased speed and accuracy in ASL/English interpreting. Out-of-class observation assignments of working interpreters will be required. Class offered first five weeks of semester.
Prerequisite: To be taken in conjuncion with INT 450.
Prerequisite: INT 401 must be taken concurrently.
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Prerequisite: ASL 211.
417. Interpreter Certification/Evaluation 2 Hours
Studies various Quality Assurance/State Licensure assessments established across the United States. Preparation for national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Prerequisite: To be taken conjunction with INT 401.
418. Job Market Analysis in Interpreting 2 Hours
Involves developing a portfolio as well as researching and preparing the essenstial skills for the business of interpreting: business cards, résumé, interview process, marketing, etc. Course is predominately an independent study through video correspondence.
Prerequisite: INT 401
450. Interpreting Practicum 8 Hours
Provides supervised interpreting experiences through placement in various settings. Class offered last 10 weeks of semester.
Prerequisites: Completion of general and major course work; earn satisfactory scores on the written national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf; and program chair's approval. To be taken in conjunction with INT 402.
460. Independent Study 1-4 Hours
For Interpreting major only. A research project under the supervision of the faculty that does not duplicate study in any other course. May be repeated for credit. Taken by permission of faculty only.
ASL Home Bachelor of Arts Associates of Arts
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