3 Credit Hours
An introduction to American Sign Language and the Deaf community. Instruction is given on the basic skills needed in the production and comprehension of American Sign Language (ASL). Course work includes the manual alphabet, numbers, basic sentence structure, conversational skills, culturally appropriate behaviors, and ASL grammar. Students learn the importance of facial expression and body language as grammatical indicators. Students also learn the importance of conceptually accurate signs. Initial emphasis is given to receptive language skills. Students are introduced to the American Deaf culture and participate in Deaf community events. This class is taught using spoken English and American Sign Language.