Students will learn a basic vocabulary of 1,000 signs and acquire knowledge of the manual alphabet. Students learn the language through lesson represented in context through meaningful and experiential activities. Cultural awareness and cross-cultural adjustment skills are major components of this course. Students are introduced to Deaf Culture, the history of American Sign Language, and the education of Deaf people. ASL has no vocal component; thus when students are utilizing the language there will be no voicing allowed. This course may be counted as a foreign language credit in fulfilling requirements for graduation. Many, but not all, colleges and universities accept ASL as a foreign language.
Textbook and videotape: “Signing Naturally Level 1”
By: Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, and Cheri Smith
Quarter One - Units 1, 2, and 3Quarter Theme – History of Sign Language, Interacting with a Deaf Person, ASL Glossing, Dr. William Stokoe, & the Ear and Hearing Process
Quarter Two - Units 4, 5, 6, & CR 1-6
Quarter Theme – Residential Schools, Name Signs, Sign Language Contniuum, Fingerspelling, & Deaf Events.
Quarter Three – Units 7, 8, and 9Quarter Theme – Deaf President Now Movement, Handshape Stories, & Numbers
Quarter Four – Units 10, 11, and CR 7-12 review
Quarter Theme – History of Deaf Americans & Review for Final Exam