The content of this course includes using ASL to:
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
1. The Deaf community comprises a vibrant linguistic and cultural minority whose members are connected to each other through shared values, norms, art, traditions and especially the primacy of using a signed language.
2. The creativity and strength of the Deaf community contributes positively to society; Deaf lives exemplify unique and enriching ways of seeing and being in the world.
3. American Sign Language (ASL), la Langue des Signes Québécoises (LSQ) and Indigenous Sign Languages (ISL) are rich, visual-gestural languages used by Deaf people in Canada. Signed languages are distinctly different from spoken languages; they have their own syntax, vocabulary, grammatical structures, pragmatic norms and literary forms.
4. Studying ASL can be an exciting challenge for the majority of people who have only used language(s) that are spoken and auditory. Because ASL is a visual-gestural language, it requires the learner to use their eyes to take in linguistic information and to use their hands, face and body to convey linguistic information. Even though spoken languages incorporate some form of gestural communication, the use of 3-dimensional space is an integral feature of the structure of ASL.
Class activities may include: Lecture and language lab, demonstration/modelling, dialogue and small group conversational practice, course readings/videos, among others.
Means of Assessment
This course will conform to Douglas College Evaluation policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
• Quizzes to evaluate factual knowledge of ASL & Deaf culture
• Quizzes to evaluate receptive ASL skills
• Demonstration of expressive ASL skills
• Assigned dialogues and interaction
• Attendance and participation
No single assignment will be worth more than 20%.
A sample grade breakdown for this course might be as follows:
Video assignment 1: 20%
Video assignment 2: 20%
Mid-term exam 1: 20%
Mid-term exam 2: 20%
Final exam: 20%
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate basic conversational ASL skill to do the following:
The instructor might choose an ASL textbook such as
Smith, Cheri. (2008). Signing Naturally. Student Workbook. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Coast Mountain College (CMTN)||No credit||2020/05/01 to -|
|College of New Caledonia (CNC)||No credit||2020/05/01 to -|
|Quest University (QU)||QU TRN 1002 (3)||2020/05/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||No credit||2020/05/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GENS 1XX (3)||2020/05/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC INTS 152 (3)||2020/05/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC ASL 100B (1.5)||2020/05/01 to -|