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American Sign Language

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Camosun's certificate program consists of two levels of American Sign Language. Students may earn two credentials, ASL Prep and ASL Basic, if they complete all courses. Courses are taught by immersion by instructors who are Deaf, and all communication is visual American Sign Language (ASL).

American Sign Language Prep 1 • AMSL 501V Schedule

This course provides an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) for individuals who have little or no knowledge of the language. Based on principles of second-language acquisition, students learn to recognize various visual grammatical features of the language and develop beginning-level vocabulary. This includes basic introductions, exchange of personal information and to talk about their surroundings. In addition, students learn how to form questions and give basic directions. They also gain an understanding of the Deaf community, the impact of handedness on signing and the use of visual three-dimensional space in ASL.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Ask for the name of others and give their name when asked
  • Comprehend short or familiar finger-spelled names
  • Use simple techniques to confirm and/or correct information given in a dialogue (positive head nod, negative heads hake, wave-no)
  • Ask and/or respond to question regarding: whether individual is Deaf/hearing, where one is learning Sign Language, where things are in the immediate environment
  • Respond to information given using "oh-I-See," positive head nod, and other appropriate simple visual interactive behaviours
  • Express simple personal needs related to immediate time and environment

American Sign Language Prep 2 • AMSL 502V Schedule

Building on Prep 1, this course provides further introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) for individuals who have little or no knowledge of the language. Students begin to discuss personal information, including where they live, family information and their various physical activities. Students begin to refine visual perception to assist with receptive skills in the language. Students are introduced to spatial referencing, contrastive structures, the expression of time and the formulation of negative statements, finger-spelling and some rules for social interaction.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Make basic introductions
  • Ask and/or respond to simple question regarding:  where things/people are, how one came to class
  • Give and enquire about simple personal information, including marital status, family information (children/siblings)
  • Ask information regarding "how many" things/people are involved in a response
  • Apologize and give simple reasons
  • State simple opinions
  • Suggest simple activities
  • Use appropriate visual attention-getting devices and keep clear sight line
  • Describe and negotiate immediate environment

American Sign Language Prep 3 • AMSL 503V Schedule

This course begins with a cumulative review of American Sign Language (ASL) Prep 1 and 2, including norms for getting attention, understanding the role of name signs, negotiating a signing environment, asking for repetition, meeting others and gaining basic information about the daily lives of Deaf people. Building on Prep 2, students begin to make simple requests, give directions and learn how to identify other people. Numbers are introduced and students develop a basic understanding of various types of verbs.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Ask and/or tell where something is
  • Explains the need for information and/or for things
  • Interrupt conversations politely according to Deaf cultural norms
  • Confirm information by using the structure: RIGHT
  • Express uncertainty about information being given or received
  • Identify people present in a conversational environment by using the structure: SEE
  • Confirm that a communication partner has correctly identified a specific person, place or thing by using the structure: THAT-ONE
  • Correct information being given by another by using the structure:  wave-no
  • Give information regarding physical locations of places and events
  • Give commands to others in a non-offensive manner according to Deaf cultural norms
  • Offer assistance to others in a non-offensive manner according to Deaf cultural norms
  • Ask for clarification of information in appropriate ways

American Sign Language Prep 4 • AMSL 504V Schedule

Using American Sign Language (ASL), students learn how to discuss families with greater detail, including occupations and ages. The concept of role shifting is introduced and applied to descriptions of others. Students begin to discuss daily routines, including clock numbers and activities. In addition, students are provided with a brief history of Deaf people in the US and Canada, learn rules for interrupting conversations and other rules for social interaction.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Explain/describe relationships between people including family and work relationships
  • Ask/tell how long one has done/known someone/something
  • Ask/tell what time and how old a person or object is or was at the time of specific life events
  • Describe the physical and personal characteristics of others
  • Describe occupations and related activities and structures
  • Describe various daily activities using temporal sequencing, including instruments and physical settings
  • Interrupt others, handle interruptions and solve conflicts
  • Use appropriate attention-getting devices
  • Confirm, qualify and contradict opinions
  • Open and close conversations and negotiate environment

ASL Prep Level Mastery Exam • AMSL 555V Schedule

This course is for students who have successfully completed American Sign Language (ASL) Prep Levels 1 to 4, providing a review before taking the ASL Prep Level Mastery Exam. Students then complete the Mastery Exam, comprised of a written exam and a video-taped demonstration of signing skills.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Review the skills and knowledge learned in the American Sign Language Prep Level courses, in preparation for the Mastery Exam
  • Demonstrate mastery of the ASL Prep Level

American Sign Language Basic 1 • AMSL 601V Schedule

Building on American Sign Language (ASL) grammatical and linguistic skills from ASL Prep Levels 1 to 4, this course introduces a number of linguistic skills. Topics include: opening conversations asking clarifying questions, making corrections and confirming information. Grammatical focus will be placed on topic-comment structure, use of non-dominant hand for referents, and question forms.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Strengthen skills in opening conversations
  • Develop skills in asking questions, making corrections, and confirming information
  • Develop understanding and correct use of grammar in topic-comment structure
  • Develop use of non-dominant hand for referents and question forms.

American Sign Language Basic 2 • AMSL 602V Schedule

Using American Sign Language (ASL), this course focuses on increasing skills including: proper phrasing and pausing; using descriptive and locative classifiers; applying the use of certain numbering systems; and using possessive forms. Instrumental classifiers are introduced, as well as money numbers and lower facial grammatical markers. Students will be expected to incorporate all linguistic and grammatical features learned.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Use descriptive and locative classifiers
  • Apply numbering systems
  • Use possessive forms correctly
  • Develop beginning understanding and use of instrumental classifiers, money numbers, and lower facial grammatical markers
  • Integrate and incorporate all linguistic and grammatical features learned to this point

American Sign Language Basic 3 • AMSL 603V Schedule

This course focuses on developing American Sign Language (ASL) skills to ask and give fairly lengthy responses to questions, incorporating linguistic and grammatical features. Students will be introduced to elements; classifiers; use of durative aspect; gaining, directing and maintaining visual attention; controlling the pace of a conversation; and confirming information appropriately.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Further develop skills in asking and giving longer responses to questions, incorporating linguistic and grammatical features learned
  • Develop beginning knowledge and use of elements, classifiers, and the use of durative aspect
  • Develop skill in gaining and maintaining visual attention, controlling pace of conversation, and confirming information

American Sign Language Basic 4 • AMSL 604V Schedule

Review and reinforce all American Sign Language (ASL) skills developed from Prep 1 – Basic 3. All linguistic functions and grammatical features will be integrated into a comprehensive application to more complex monologues and dialogues. There will be particular focus on the review and use of classifiers and on facial grammatical and effective markers.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Review and integrate all skills developed in American Sign Language (ASL)  Prep and Basics levels
  • Integrate and apply linguistic functions and grammatical features in more complex monologues and dialogues
  • Review and apply classifiers and facial grammatical and effective markers

ASL Basic Level Mastery Exam • AMSL 655V Schedule

This course is for students who have successfully completed American Sign Language (ASL) Basic Levels I-IV, providing a review before taking the ASL Basic Level Mastery Exam. Students then complete the Mastery Exam, comprised of a written exam and a video-taped demonstration of signing skills.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Review the skills and knowledge learned in the American Sign Language Basic Level courses, in preparation for the Mastery Exam
  • Demonstrate mastery of the ASL Basic Level
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