American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL 001  Elementary American Sign Language I   Units: 5

This course presents the fundamentals of American Sign Language in an intensive method, with many lectures conducted in ASL. Students learn basic grammar and vocabulary of ASL, with an emphasis on both expressive and receptive skills. The history, values, and attitudes of American Deaf culture are explored.
Lecture Hours: 90         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 6A

ASL 002  Elementary American Sign Language II   Units: 5

This course further develops material introduced in American Sign Language 1. Increasingly complex grammar and vocabulary will be introduced, with the class conducted primarily in ASL. Equal focus is placed on expressive and receptive skill development. Students will explore simple Deaf humor and poetry, and examine writings by American Deaf persons to discover values, attitudes, and themes of the American Deaf culture.
Lecture Hours: 90         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ASL-001 or two years high school American Sign Language
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B, 6A

ASL 003  Intermediate American Sign Language I   Units: 4

This course continues to develop material introduced in American Sign Language 2. Students expand their sign vocabulary and idioms, develop normal conversational signing speed, and express and receive complex ASL sentences. Students comprehend ASL narratives and develop discourse skills with special emphasis on spatial grammar structures. Students increase Deaf culture awareness through the study of Deaf cultural texts and other concepts.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ASL-002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B, 6A

ASL 004  Intermediate American Sign Language II   Units: 4

This course continues to develop material introduced in ASL-003. Students demonstrate mastery of ASL vocabulary and idioms, complex ASL sentences and fingerspelled loan signs, and develop ASL storytelling skills while refining discourse skills. Students attain conversational speed in fingerspelling. Students comprehend, examine, and discuss ASL literature. Sensitivity to Deaf cultural issues will be extended through the study of Deaf cultural texts and related concepts. The ability to navigate Deaf culture will be demonstrated in the classroom and the Deaf community.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ASL-003
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B, 6A