American Sign Language (ASL)

Please note that this course has a no voice policy, which is strictly adhered to in the classrooms at all times. It requires the students' respect and understanding of the Deaf culture.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I - FL642 (ASL1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

American Sign Language (ASL) is a highly visual structured language. It is the third most studied language in America. This course is for students who want to learn the basic structure of the American Sign Language and the cultural differences between American Deaf and hearing people. Emphasis will be placed on receptive and expressive skills in sign language without auditory cues. The course consists of basic ASL fingerspelling, beginning signs and ASL grammar, history of the language, regional differences, and various aspects of the culture of the Deaf Community. Students are required to communicate with Deaf ASL teachers and their peers by gesturing, signing and in writing at all times in the classroom. Speaking verbally is not permitted in the classroom. Students are required to do ASL presentations in class and do daily review of signing at home using ASL videos provided by the ASL teachers. Students will be graded on their receptive and expressive abilities, as well as knowledge of Deaf Culture. Class participation is essential for the development of beginner's signing proficiency. Students must be willing to sign in the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Deaf children and adults by attending the ASL Club and community events. ASL is accepted as a foreign language credit for many colleges.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II - FL643 (ASL2)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: American Sign Language I

This course is a continuation of American Sign Language 1 and emphasizes the continuing development and reinforcement of expressive signing skills, receptive signing skills, and knowledge of Deaf Culture. Vocabulary and structure (ASL grammar) are expanded. Culture is studied in depth periodically throughout the year. Active participation by the student is an essential part of the course. ASL is exclusively the language of the classroom. Speaking verbally is not permitted in the classroom. Students who do not wish to use only American Sign Language in the classroom should not sign up for this course. This course requires daily practice including being actively engaged in class work and completing the daily homework assignments. Class participation is essential for the development of intermediate signing proficiency. Students must be willing to sign in the classroom. Students are required to do ASL presentations in class, academic research and reaction papers, and do daily review of signing outside of the classroom. Students will be graded on their receptive and expressive abilities, as well as knowledge of Deaf Culture. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Deaf children and adults by attending the ASL Club and community events. ASL is accepted as a foreign language credit for many colleges.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III - FL645 (ASL3)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: American Sign Language II

American Sign Language 3 focuses on concentrated practice of the language. Active participation by the student is an essential part of the course. ASL is exclusively the language of the classroom. Speaking verbally is not permitted in the classroom. Students who do not wish to use only American Sign Language in the classroom should not sign up for this course. Emphasis is placed on the student's communicative skills and fluency. The four language skills of visual receptively listening, expressively signing, reading and writing ASL grammar to English will continue to be developed as well as better understanding of Deaf Culture and history. Historically, students who are willing to work nightly for up to an hour and occasionally more, have been successful in American Sign Language 4. Students with outstanding academic achievement in ASL studies may qualified honors by the American Sign Language Honor Society. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Deaf children and adults by attending the ASL Club and community events. ASL is accepted as a foreign language credit for many colleges.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IV - FL641 (ASL4)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: American Sign Language III

American Sign Language 4 prepares the student for advanced communication with Deaf signers in the Deaf Community through intensive practice of the four language skills of visual receptively listening, expressively signing, reading and writing ASL grammar to English. Active participation by the student is an essential part of the course. ASL is exclusively the language of the classroom. Speaking verbally is not permitted in the classroom. Students who do not wish to use only American Sign Language in the classroom should not sign up for this course. There will be an emphasis on interpreting skills from ASL to English and vice versa. It is important that the student has developed a strong background in ASL which will serve as the basis for new learning. Students are required to produce a major written work. Students with outstanding academic achievement in ASL studies may qualified honors by the American Sign Language Honor Society. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Deaf children and adults by attending the ASL Club and community events. ASL is accepted as a foreign language credit for many colleges.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12