In this course, students will demonstrate advanced ASL skills. ASL utterances will reflect appropriate time sequence and detail. Developing skills include use of linguistic techniques to produce appropriate grammatical structure, use of classifiers, locatives and ASL mouthing.
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- ASL tends to be highly descriptive and detailed as well as narrative in nature. ASL uses techniques such as three-dimensional space, explaining by example, contrasting, describing-then doing, reiterating, couching (or nesting) and faceting.
- Fluent users of ASL structure their discourse according to real-time sequencing and have a diverse semantic range in which classifiers, spatial locatives, directional verbs and affect markers are used to provide specific semantic information.
- Fluent ASL signers use correct grammatical structure and are able to incorporate sign sequencing with visual grammatical markers to communicate in a variety of registers. They can adapt their language to linguistic rules of various contexts, including special ways of communication with Deaf children and youth.
- Native users of language provide a rich resource for learning the nuances and complexities of conversational forms of ASL and cultural norms of group interaction.
- Language and culture cannot be separated. Deaf people rely on ASL narrative to portray themselves and reaffirm their identities as members of a distinct cultural group. Therefore, readings from the academic literature can augment cultural studies.
- Literary forms specific to Deaf people (ASL poetry, narratives, folklore, etc.) provide an excellent medium for studying culture and is a vital component of any foreign language study.
- Social and community events, where native users of a language gather, provide a rich resource for learning the nuances and complexities of conversational forms of that language and cultural norms of group interaction.
Methods Of Instruction
- Shadowing language models
Means of Assessment
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Attendance and participation
- Videotaped assignments
- Written assignments
This is a letter graded course.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Incorporate techniques used in ASL discourse
- Incorporate visual discourse markers and cohesives in ASL discourse
- Use classifiers and 3D space effectively with consistent accuracy
- Adapt ASL discourse to contextual variations
- Produce grammatically correct ASL discourse using proper pausing/phrasing, and role shifting
- Incorporate humour appropriately.