This course is a continuation of American Sign Language 1 and will be taught in the target language. This course builds off the basic skills developed in ASL 1 and focuses on developing accuracy and fluency in receptive and expressive skills. Additional linguistic features will be taught in order to enhance conversational skills. Spontaneous use of the language will expand the students’ vocabulary through various discussions on daily life and world events. Supplementary information on Deaf Culture (people, history, and various group dynamics) will be discussed.
Academic Affairs Objectives:
ü Learn to Learn. Students learn that as important as content knowledge is, shaping one’s future requires the development of skill in discerning, applying, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating knowledge in diverse contexts. The educational experience at CWI prepares students for a world in which they are likely to change occupations and face unpredictable life events. We strive to develop courses and learning experiences that give students the tools to confidently thrive in a complex, information-saturated, diverse, and dynamic world.
ü Make Connections. Students learn success in today’s interconnected world requires deliberate engagement and comfort with multiple perspectives, cultures, and contexts. In navigating difference and diversity in the natural and social worlds, students connect ideas, forms of knowledge, and practices to create a richer understanding of themselves as personally and socially responsible citizens.
ü Solve Problems. Students identify problems, analyze and implement solutions, and interpret and reflect on outcomes to develop skills to individually and collaboratively face challenges and create opportunities.
ü Reason Ethically. Students learn that ethical ideas and moral conduct may be understood from many perspectives: as products of historical, cultural, and religious forces, as reflections of human nature, and as personally held attitudes and beliefs. Students learn to articulate ethical self-awareness, ethical issue recognition, and varieties of ethical perspectives to evaluate, create, and live consciously according to their own personal moral values.
Course Objectives and Outcomes
The Students will…
- Express and receive discourse in ASL at the elementary level using target vocabulary and grammar.
- Sign clearly and suitably in the target language for a variety of purposes and for different audiences at the elementary level; negotiate meaning in a variety of situations and contexts appropriate to the elementary level.
- Identify and use culturally appropriate information sources in both written and signed discourse at the elementary level to discuss global topics.
- Explain their own cultural perspective; compare their own cultural perspectives with other cultural perspectives at the elementary level; demonstrate understanding of the culturally-based lens through which people develop world views and interpret global issues.
- Participate in multilingual and multicultural communities.