American Sign Language I|
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL), the principal system of manual communication among the American deaf. Not to be confused with Signed English (to which a certain amount of comparative attention is given) or with other artificially developed systems, ASL is a conceptual language and not merely encoded or fingerspelled English. As such, while to some extent influenced by English, depending on the individual signer, it presents its own grammar and structure, involving such elements as topicalization, spatial indexing, directionality, classification, syntactic body language, etc. By the end of the semester, students should have learned between 700 and 800 conceptual signs and their use. They will also have been introduced to aspects of American deaf culture--sociology, psychology, education, theater, etc.--through a variety of readings and discussions.
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|Course Format: Language||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos, Cheri Smith: SIGNING NATURALLY, LEVEL 1
|Examination and Assignments: |
Written quizzes for receptive skills testing; Video - Journaling for expressive skills practice and evaluation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Deaf culture readings and responses; weekly TA session required.
|Instructor(s): Mullen,Sheila M. Times: .M.W.F. 09:00AM-09:50AM; Location: FISK116; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 7||JR non-major: 6||SO: 6||FR: 6|