American Sign Language 2 (ASL2)
Minimum Students: 4
In this course, the student will build upon the basics of ASL 1. The focus will be to continue to build on visual acuity, physical dexterity in accurately producing and understanding signs demonstrated, fingerspelling and numbers, everyday vocabulary, building grammatical structures in conversational fluency in ASL while developing the student’s understanding and appreciation of Deaf culture.
This is a 90 minutes per week course. It is designed to challenge the student. Students will receive personalized attention as well as allow for the group to work in a team-like atmosphere. The student will be encouraged to use ASL in the classroom and practice with others outside the classroom. If by chance you meet a deaf person you will be able to interact with that deaf individual. Voice in the classroom will be minimal. This approach helps to immerse the student in the language and is one of the best ways to become comfortable with the language. It also helps with retention of what has been learned and improves both receptive and expressive skills. This course will include opportunities for interaction with the DEAF Community. The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in the Clarkston community area hosts an Annual Fall Festival event which is always the first weekend in November. ASL students are expected to attend! The student will receive a grade for their attendance and interaction there. This class requires the student to attend at least three (3) Deaf events within the Atlanta area.
Course textbook: A Basic Course in American Sign Language, by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden and Terrence J. O'Rourke (Illustrated by Frank A. Paul)
Grades: Grades will be based on Homework (includes Deaf events), Quizzes, Class Participation, Attendance and . Grades will be posted in Gradebook.