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Lake Region State College

ASL—American Sign

Language

ASL 101 American Sign Language I

Basic knowledge of American Sign Language

(ASL) vocabulary and basic conversational

skills. A study of linguistics, grammar, classi-

fiers and non-manual markers. Fundamental

aspects of deaf culture and the deaf com-

munity are incorporated. (4 cr)

ASL 102 American Sign Language II

Increased understanding of American Sign

Language including linguistics, grammar,

classifiers and non-manual markers. Vocabu-

lary is also increased. Continuation of ASL I

with greater emphasis on expressive signing

skills. Prerequisite: ASL 101. (4 cr)

ASL 110 Fundamentals of Interpret-

ing/Ethics

Basics of interpreting and professional

requirements for working as an interpreter.

Lectures and activities address American

Sign Language and various English based

sign systems, the role of the interpreter, the

code of ethics, situational assessment skills

required for effective interpreting, and cer-

tification of interpreters. Training on ethical

behaviors and the implications of non-ethical

behaviors on consumers and the interpreting

profession. Co-requisite: ASL 202. (3 cr)

ASL 150 Specialized Vocabulary I

Focus on vocabulary used in special settings

such as educational, legal, medical, voca-

tional rehabilitation, athletics, mental health

and community events. Basics of ethical

behaviors and professionalism while inter-

preting in different settings. Prerequisite:

ASL 101 or 102 or at discretion of instructor.

(2 cr)

ASL 160 Finger Spelling and Numbers

Fundamentals of fingerspelling and the

complex number systems of American Sign

Language. The study of lexicalized signs and

distinctions between the various number

systems. Tips provided for improving expres-

sive and receptive skills. (3 cr)

ASL 170 Specialized Vocabulary II

Focus on vocabulary used in special settings

such as educational, legal, medical, voca-

tional rehabilitation, athletics, mental health

and community events. Basics of ethical be-

haviors and professionalism while interpret-

ing in different settings. Prerequisite: ASL

101 and 102 or at discretion of instructor. (2

cr)

ASL 201 American Sign Language III

Continuation of ASL 102 through further

study of American Sign Language including

linguistics, grammar, classifiers, non-manual

markers and cultural features. Gain knowl-

edge of ASL characteristics and its structural

applications. Expands students use of face,

eyes and head to convey grammatical infor-

mation. Opportunities to develop competen-

cy and fluency in ASL. Prerequisite: ASL 101

and 102 or permission of instructor. (3 cr)

ASL 202 American Sign Language IV

Continuation of ASL 201 through further

study of American Sign Language including

linguistics, grammar, classifiers, non-manual

markers and cultural features. Acquire

in-depth knowledge of ASL characteristics

and its structural applications. Students

analyze the various parts of ASL such as

hand shape, movement, location, repetition,

palm orientation and non-manual grammati-

cal signals for the purpose of strengthening

and developing their skills. Opportunities

to develop competency and fluency in ASL.

Prerequisite: ASL 201. (3 cr)

ASL 250 Survey of Deaf Culture

Information that defines Deaf persons as

members of a cultural minority exploration

of the effect of language on the culture as

well as Deaf culture values, traditions and

norms. Addresses identity and membership

in Deaf culture. Prerequisite: ASL 201 or per

descretion of instructor. (3 cr)

Course Descriptions