ASL 1140C  Basic American Sign Language with Lab credits: 4

This course is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) as used in the Deaf Community and includes an overview of ASL grammatical features and structures. Emphasis will be placed upon building novice level of sign lexicon and communication through engaging in discussion and negotiating meaning related to personal preferences, family, familiar topics, needs and feelings. Students will gain awareness of Deaf Culture through connections within the Deaf Community and will investigate the similarities and differences between languages and culture within the Deaf Community. Students will have directed practice with live and recorded ASL on a variety of topics, emphasizing the development of a novice level of receptive and expressive conversational practice.