Introduction to learning American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. Students will be introduced to how to learn a visual language, including basic greetings, etiquette for communicating in ASL, beginning fingerspelling and numbers skills. Will cover the pre-unit and Units 1, 2 and 3 from Signing Naturally plus supplementary materials. This class is for students who have no basic ASL skills and who have never taken any ASL classes.
Continuing to develop conversation skills, increase vocabulary and learning cultural norms. Will cover Units 3, 4 and 5 of Signing Naturally. More finger spelling practice, numbers and different kinds of numbers, listing and role shifting.. Discuss living situations, families, life events, and families. Introducing role shifting and other grammatical features of ASL. RECOMMENDED FOR: Students who have completed ASL 1A, or students who have had some exposure to ASL, ie: familiar with fingerspelling, can introduce themselves and have short basic conversations in ASL.
Continuing to build vocabulary, more focus on sign production and sign reception through group and teacher interactions. Grammar such as non-manual markers, verb inflection, use of space. Classifiers are introduced. Receptively will focus on storytelling and expressively practice retelling these stories as well as short stories, story comprehension and elements of storytelling. This course is primarily designed using Signing Naturally Curriculum Unit 6. Recommended for students who have completed ASL 1B or have more exposure to ASL in which they can hold a basic conversation in ASL and have fair comprehension and expressive ASL skills.