Bellevue Community College
American Sign Language 221
Instructor: Alex Young
Class: Mon-Fri 10:30am-11:20am, L220
Office Hours: After class or by appointment
Required Texts: Signing Naturally: Level II, Lentz, Mikos, Smith
A Place of Their Own, Van Cleve & Crouch
Course Description: ASL 221 is an advanced American Sign Language course and is designed to complement course work in ASL. This advanced course will enable you to increase your vocabulary, conversational skills, introduce you to translating written text into ASL, and improve your ability to make formal presentation in ASL.
Course Objective: At the completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate advanced receptive and expressive competence in ASL. Communicative activities and topics include but are not limited to during the course:
*Understand each unit: Units 13, 14, 15
*Understand the grammatical and syntax principles in ASL: Locating Things Around The House, Complaining, Making Suggestions and Requests, Exchanging Personal Information, Life Events.
*Understand the current issues concerning deaf and hearing cultures
Course Policy: You can achieve efficient survival skills by total immersion in ASL, therefore, there is a “no voice” policy. Please refrain from using your voice the moment you step into the classroom. Using your voice is also distracting to other students and VERY disrespectful of the deaf teacher. Those who abuse this voice policy will be asked to leave the classroom and this will greatly affect the final grade. 15% to 25% will be deducted from the final grade if the “no voice” policy is abused. General respect of others is expected in class. NO racist, sexist, homophobic, or any other disrespectful remarks will be tolerated.
Participation: Regular class attendance and participation will influence your comprehension and speed in learning the language. Because ASL is a visual language, it is important to come to class regularly. You are allowed two absences without penalty for the fall quarter. 1% will be deducted from your final grade for each unexcused absence in excess of two. Tardiness is NOT tolerated and will be recorded. Each total of three tardies will be counted as one absence.
Exams: There will be three exams this fall quarter. Each exam will cover one unit and have three parts. 1. receptive: to test your ability to read and understand signs 2. expressive: to test your ability to produce and use signs and grammatical concepts 3. written: to test your ability to recall assigned readings and discussions in class. For the receptive part, I will sign and fingerspell. For the expressive part, you will choose a partner in which you both will develop a conversation based on the units you are being tested on and guidelines which the instructor will pass out. The conversation should be between 3-4 minutes. I will let the class know the exam dates in advance. 600 points.
Deaf Ally Project: This is a group project. Each group will educate the BCC campus about ASL and deaf people. Each group will have different approaches and activities. Use your creativity! Due: Before the quarter ends
Project: This is a group project. Please choose two or three children’s book and bring them to class. Each group will show me and the class the books and choose. Reason for this is I do not want the same book to be used. You will tell the class the story using ASL. The story should be between 15 and 20 minutes. We will practice in class and I will help you translate from written English into ASL. Be creative and use props if possible. Books Due: October 3 Project Due: November 21 100 points.
Project: This is a group project. Each group will be expected to educate the police and hospitals on how to handle deaf individuals. Each group will have a choice of developing a brochure OR a workshop. The group will also choose the police precinct and/or hospital within the Seattle metro area. This project will require some planning and I will be helping and guiding each group in class. Due: December 5 300 points
Activity: You will be required to attend at least two deaf
community activities or events. Information will be given out in class. This
will help increase your receptive and expressive skills. The more you are
involved, the more fluent you become. Events are widespread in the
Total Possible Points: 1,350
Grading: A: 96% A-: 90% B+: 87% B: 83%
B-: 80% C+: 77% C: 73% C-: 70%
D+: 65% D: 60%
I strongly encourage classmates to get together and practice outside of class
to maintain signing skills. If you have any concerns or are in need of help
please feel free to see me. I am here to help each of you. My goal is that all
of you enjoy and pass this course!
This syllabus is tentative