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

This course 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: ASL-101

ASL-126

Introduction to ASL Studies

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to, and overview of, different possibilities for students who pursue a degree with emphasis on ASL Studies. Included is an explanation of the ASL Studies program at NIC and requirements, transfer options, and career paths related to the degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ASL-184 and ENGL-101
Prerequisites: ASL-184 and ENGL-101

ASL-184

Open Door ASL I

Credit(s): 2

This course 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. Lecture: 2 hours per week

ASL-185

Open Door ASL II

Credit(s): 2

This course is a continuation of ASL-184. 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: ASL-184

ASL-201

Intermediate American Sign Language I

Credit(s): 4

This course 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. Lecture: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: ASL-102

ASL-202

Intermediate American Sign Language II

Credit(s): 4

This course is a continuation of ASL-201. Lecture: 4 hours per week
Prerequisites: ASL-101

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. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: ASL-101 or ASL-184

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. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: ASL-102

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
Prerequisites: ASL-101

ASL-260

Creative Sign Language

Credit(s): 3

This course is performance based and 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. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: ASL-201