Introduction of American Sign Language with emphasis on visual receptive and expressive use including facial expressions and gestures. Elements of the Deaf Culture are explored.
Open to Degree and CDE students; Lecture meets on MW 3:30 - 4:45pm; Lab meets on R 4:25 - 5:15pm
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of American Sign Language, focuses on building receptive and expressive skills through a visual-gestural modality, and provides an overview of Deaf culture.
This course will be predominantly conducted in ASL. English (written) will be used at times to clarify linguistic concepts. Activities may include but are not limited to zoom discussions, practice conversations, collaborative activities, viewing video texts in ASL, and translation exercises. Canvas, MS Teams/Video-call, or other course site: Students will use Canvas for the schedule of readings/assignments, video lessons, flipgrid discussion, assignments, and quizzes/tests. Students use True+Way ASL to watch snapshot videos, review vocabulary, and complete worksheets. Students use Flipgrid to upload/submit video assignments. Attendance Policy and Classroom Environment Expectations: This is an online class. All of the class interactions will take place within the Canvas course and any of the software and tools utilized or linked within the course. You will be expected to log into the course on a regular basis and keep up with assignments and the other students in the course as it is not a self-paced course. This includes work done completing assigned readings, online interactions, accessing course materials, preparing written assignments, engaging in class discussion, participating in Q & A sessions, and other course-related tasks. “The Green and Gold Promise clearly articulates the expectations that UVM has for students, faculty, and staff to remain compliant with all COVID-19 recommendations from the federal CDC, the State of Vermont, and the City of Burlington. This include following all rules regarding facial coverings and social distancing when attending class. If you do not follow these guidelines, I will ask you to leave the class. If you forget your mask, you cannot enter the class and should go back and retrieve your mask. The Code of Student Conduct outlines policies related to violations of the Green and Gold Promise. Sanctions for violations include fines, educational sanctions, parent notification, probation, and suspension.”
Course Evaluation: Your comprehension and production skills will be evaluated regularly. You will also be evaluated on your preparation for online activities and your assignments online. Assignments: 35% A. Video-call meetings (10%) - Students are expected to attend and engage on-line class and lab on a consistent basis to receive full credit. Your engagement includes cultural behaviors on a consistent basis in order to show respect. Cultural behaviors include: maintain your eye contact, use no voice, make yourself clearly visible to other students and your professor, use appropriate ways to get one’s attention, and use strategies to communicate if you do not understand. B. ASL Events and Deaf Cultural Discussion (5%) - You write a 250-word critical reflection on your participation including making references to the assigned articles you read. C. Flipgrid Assignments (20%) - You will use Flipgrid to produce a video demonstrating your ability to use certain grammatical features in ASL sentences. Story Comprehension: 5% Unit Comprehension will cover all material presented to that point of the class. They will include information from TRUE+WAY ASL, video/PowerPoint lectures, vocabulary videos, and assigned articles. Quizzes: 5% Quizzes will cover all material presented to that point of the class. They will include information from TRUE+WAY ASL, video/PowerPoint lectures, vocabulary videos, and assigned articles. Comprehension Test: 10% This receptive will include comprehension and production, information from the workbook, Flipgrid videos, vocabulary videos, and online assignments. Production Test: 15% This expressive will include comprehension and production, information from the workbook, Flipgrid videos, vocabulary videos, and online assignments. Final Exam 25% The Final exam assesses students’ receptive and expressive skills. Students are expected to demonstrate their newly-acquired knowledge of vocabulary, grammatical rules, and cultural behaviors in their expressive videos.
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