Beginning ASL Part I is designed to include all the cultural information students should know if they never take another ASL class again, including basic ASL skills, presented in a fun, interesting manner intended to draw them to additional ASL classes. Additional classes will build greater vocabulary while having cultural understanding already in place.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This course is designed as an introduction to American Sign Language and American Deaf Culture. The main concepts and lessons in this class include: the five parameters of signs, differences between ASL and Signed English, facial expression and Non-Manual Signs, proper terminology in the Deaf Community, syntax and timing for asking questions, ASL backchanneling, the basic history of ASL, the ASL time line, Deaf Culture, Name Signs, Agent Suffix, basic ASL sentence structure, and verb tenses.
Vocabulary in this course focuses on beginning conversational signs: introductions, greetings and responses, personal pronouns, possessive pronouns, fingerspelling (the manual alphabet), question words, numbers 0-19, school and classroom signs, some directional verbs, and days of the week.