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American Sign Language I
Course: ASL101

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lecture   4.0 Credit(s)   4.0 Period(s)   4.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Introduction of principles, methods, and techniques for communicating with deaf people who sign. Development of expressive and receptive sign skills, manual alphabet, numbers, and sign vocabulary. Overview of syntax, grammar, and culture related to American Sign Language (A.S.L.).

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Recognize the parameters of a sign: handshape, location, movement, and palm orientation. (I)
2. Recognize non-verbal communication as it relates to American Sign Language (A.S.L.). (I)
3. Apply receptive and expressive mastery of grammatical features of A.S.L.: pronouns, verbs, tense indicators, negatives, adjectives, adverbs, classifiers in specific commands, questions, and statements. (II-IX)
4. Apply receptive and expressive mastery of targeted numbers combined with age, time, money, and plurals. (X)
5. Recognize and form the manual alphabet. (XI)
6. Apply the ability to initiate, conduct, and terminate a short specific conversation in A.S.L. (XII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Visual-gestural communication preparation
   A. Visual discrimination
      1. Handshapes
      2. Location
      3. Movement
      4. Palm orientation
   B. Visual memory
   C. Body awareness
      1. Communication without speech
      2. Using space
      3. Facial expression
II. Grammatical features of pronouns
   A. Indicative
   B. Possessive
   C. Reflexive/self
   D. Agent suffix
   E. Verbs incorporating pronouns
   F. Personal pronouns incorporating numbers
III. Grammatical features of verbs
   A. Multi-directional verbs
      1. Incorporating I and you
      2. Incorporating he, she, and it
   B. Non-directional verbs
   C. Directional verbs with classifiers
   D. Directional verbs incorporating two objects
   E. Directional verbs incorporating each or all
   F. Incorporating locations
   G. Modals
   H. Existential have
   I. Imperatives
IV. Grammatical features of tense indicators
   A. Present
   B. Past
   C. Future
   D. Implication of not yet
   E. Finish
      1. As past tense
      2. As a conjunction
      3. As completion
V. Grammatical features of negatives
   A. Non-manual behavior
   B. Yes/no questions
   C. Negative questions
   D. Negative quantifiers
VI. Grammatical features of adjectives/adverbs
   A. Placement
   B. Intensity
   C. Reduplication
   D. Duration
   E. Mass quantifiers
   F. Use of this/that
   G. Use of here/there
VII. Classifiers
   A. Size and shape specifiers
   B. Pronominal classifiers
   C. Locational relationships
   D. Adding movement
   E. Quantifiers
VIII. Basic sentence structure
   A. With predicate adjectives
   B. With identifying nouns
   C. With verbs
   D. With pronouns and nouns
   E. Using finish
   F. Using tense indicators
   G. Using modals
   H. Object, subject, and verb
IX. Non-manual grammatical
   A. Yes/no questions
   B. Who questions
   C. Topicalization
   D. Positive statements
   E. Negative statements
   F. Quantity
   G. Imperatives
   H. Sightline
   I. Body placement
X. Numbers
   A. Age
   B. Time
   C. Pronouns
   D. Plurals
   E. Money
XI. Introduction to manual alphabet
XII. Conversational behaviors
   A. Initiating
   B. Regulating
   C. Terminating
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 25, 2020

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