AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE AND DEAF CULTURE 1 - WL1901
Length of Course:
9, 10, 11
Course description: This elective world language will introduce students to the preferred language of the Deaf and hard of hearing. Daily vocabulary usage is critical to the development of this course. Expressive language is used when students learn to speak with their hands, instead of their mouths, and listen with their eyes, instead of their ears, for receptive language. Exploration of deaf culture, famous deaf people, and topics related to deafness will be examined through interactive reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Students will engage in hands on learning in order to communicate and interact with class members. This will be done by using authentic American Sign Language (ASL) materials such as video workbook, media, and socially appropriate technology. Students will use ASL vocabulary daily to increase and further their awareness of global citizenship, diverse cultures, and career related opportunities. American Sign Language is a two-year course sequence ONLY; no additional ASL courses are available. Student should be aware that not all colleges and universities accept ASL to meet World Language requirements.