Course Descriptions

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ASL-101

Elementary American Sign Language I

Credit(s): 5

Elementary American Sign Language I is designed for students with no previous language study. It creates a visual-gestural environment to introduce to ASL grammar and vocabulary without presenting English equivalents. This course includes interactive activities, cultural awareness education, and individual feedback. Emphasis is on appropriate language use in common communication settings. ASL 101 will prepare students for ASL 102. Lecture: 5 hours per week

ASL-102

Elementary American Sign Language II

Credit(s): 5

Elementary American Sign Language II is designed for students continuing from ASL 101. It creates a visual-gestural environment to introduce to ASL grammar and vocabulary without presenting English equivalents. This course includes interactive activities, cultural awareness education, and individual feedback. Emphasis is on appropriate language use in common communication settings. ASL 102 will prepare students for intermediate ASL classes at other colleges/universities to satisfy cultural diversity and/or foreign language requirements (depending on the institution). Lecture: 5 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-101 with a minimum grade of C-.

ASL-126

Introduction to ASL

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to, and overview of, different possibilities for students who pursue a degree with emphasis on ASL. Included is an explanation of the ASL program at NIC and requirements, transfer options, and career paths related to the degree. This course is a requirement of the ASL program. Lecture: 3 hours per week

ASL-184

Open Door ASL I

Credit(s): 2

ASL-184 is an 8-week, 2-credit class intended to be taken before ASL-185. This course focuses on the needs of those who are, or will be, working in the community in occupations where a basic knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and deaf culture is needed. This course is ideal for non-degree seeking students and non-ASL Studies majors. The course is not designed as an alternative to the traditional ASL-101, 102, 201, 202 sequence, but will focus on the special vocabulary, basic grammatical structures, and cultural insights needed to effectively serve the ASL using community. Special emphasis is placed on signed proficiency as it related to various real-world applications. This one-semester course does not satisfy the prerequisite for ASL-102. It will be taught primarily in English. This course counts as a non-core elective for students working toward their degrees at NIC, but does not fulfill the requirements to for the ASL Studies program. No prior knowledge of ASL is necessary. Lecture: 2 hours per week

ASL-185

Open Door ASL II

Credit(s): 2

ASL-185 is a continuation of ASL-184. Prior completion of ASL-184 with a grade of C- or better is required. ASL-185 will continue to focus on the special vocabulary, basic grammatical structures, and cultural insights needed to effectively serve the ASL using community. Special emphasis is placed on signed proficiency as it related to various real-world applications. Lecture: 2hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-184 with a minimum grade of C-

ASL-201

Intermediate American Sign Language I

Credit(s): 4

Intermediate American Sign Language I is designed for students continuing from ASL 102. It continues the learning process in visual-gestural environment, and enforces linguistic/grammatical principles in the use of the target language. The English Glossing and Transcription systems will be introduced to help accelerate vocabulary acquisition. This course includes interactive activities, cultural awareness education, and individual feedback. Emphasis is on appropriate language use in common and uncommon communication settings. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity requirement for the A.A. degree, and fulfills the Foreign/Modern Language requirement for the A.S. degree. Lecture: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-102 with a minimum grade of C-.

ASL-202

Intermediate American Sign Language II

Credit(s): 4

ASL 202 is a continuation of ASL-201. This course has the same degree applications as ASL 201. Lecture: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-201 with a minimum grade of C-.

ASL-207

Deaf Culture and Community

Credit(s): 3

This course examines the works of prominent people and events that support the history and evolution of deaf culture. Comparisons are drawn from broader, parallel, fundamental studies on language and culture. Materials emphasize current issues relating to language study and minority group dynamics. This course will also address dynamics within family groups and/or educational institutions, cross-cultural issues, culturally appropriate behavior in the deaf community, and the structure and development of the deaf community. This course is a requirement for the ASL Studies program. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL-101
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-101 or ASL-184 with a minimum grade of C-.

ASL-210

Linguistics of ASL

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to examine the linguistic properties of ASL, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and how signed languages differ and are similar to spoken languages. Students will be introduced to the linguistic and culturally based communication issues that impact the process between deaf and hearing persons. This course is a requirement for the ASL Studies program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-102 with a minimum grade of C-.

ASL-225

Introduction to Signing Professions

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces students to signing professions and discusses employment options, sign systems, and ethical considerations for signers and professionals. Emphasis is also placed on the specific history, philosophy, terminology, and principles related to the interpreting field. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ASL-201 ENGL-101
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-101 with a minimum grade of C-.

ASL-260

Creative Sign Language

Credit(s): 3

This performance based course introduces sign language students to enhanced forms of signing beyond conversation. Features of ASL are integrated with common forms of literature performed in the community. Subjects include pantomime, storytelling, poetry, and songs of deaf and hearing artists. This course is a requirement for the ASL Studies program. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete ASL-201 and ASL-207 with a minimum grade of C-.