American Sign Language I is an introductory course to the language and culture of the Deaf community. This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. This course focuses mainly on the fundamental elements of ASL. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic language structures such as expressive/ receptive skills, ASL questions, commands, and other simple sentence structures are introduced to develop rudimentary conversational skills in ASL. Basic Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture will be introduced. The student will gain insight and knowledge on the connection between culture and language. ASL I will allow the student to acquire a Novice receptive and productive language skills.
The goal upon completion of this course is to be able to carry on a basic conversation in ASL with confidence and skill, to be comfortable interacting with deaf people, and to gain a general understanding and appreciation of their culture. This will be accomplished through practicing expressive and receptive skills, along with a partner, in small groups and with the class as a whole.
This course is a continuation of ASL I focusing on the fundamental elements of American Sign Language. In American Sign Language II students will continue developing their language receptive and productive skills at a Novice level or higher. This course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language (ASL) skills with primary focus on refining the use of basic ASL sentence types such as pronominalization, classifiers, spatial referencing, pluralization, and temporal and distributional aspects are introduced. Students will learn routine communicative functions of the language: asking, requesting, providing clarification, giving and asking for directions. The student will continue to gain insight and knowledge on the connection between culture and language of the Deaf Community.ASL II has a large emphasis placed on the progressive development of expressive and receptive skills. Upon completion, the students should be able to comprehend and respond with increasing accuracy to expressive American Sign Language and demonstrate cultural awareness. The course instruction is conducted in ASL (without using spoken English) a significant part of the time.
This is a continuation of ASL 1. The purpose is to expand your language skills and deepen your understanding of the Deaf World. The goal upon completion of this course is to have an expanded vocabulary and an increased understanding of the Deaf culture while gaining confidence and comfort communicating with Deaf people and interacting in the Deaf community. Participation in a Christmas (Holiday) and/or an end of year concert as well as a song or acting project is an example of the fun-while-learning nature of this class. Sign only days will increase as the year goes on.
In American Sign Language III, students will continue developing their receptive and expressive Intermediate language skills. This course builds on skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) I and II, adding more complex ASL grammatical features and vocabulary such as a description of general surroundings, appropriate sequencing, temporal aspects and conditionals, short stories, dialogues, narratives, grammar and advancing conversation skills previously learned. This course will include Information about the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture. Students will concentrate on understanding and acquire more advanced conversational proficiency in ASL. This course will emphasize the use of various kinds of ASL classifiers in the function of describing objects and in providing locative information. It analyzes Deaf culture with an emphasis on the struggles of this linguistic minority with particular attention to the effects on individual Deaf lives. This course requires Deaf community exposure and involvement. The course instruction is conducted in ASL (without using spoken English) a significant part of the time.
This is an intermediate level class and a continuation of ASL 2. The purpose is to expand your language skills and deepen your understanding of the Deaf World. The goal upon completion of this course is to have an expanded vocabulary and an increased understanding of the Deaf culture while gaining confidence and comfort communicating with Deaf people and interacting in the Deaf community.
In American Sign Language IV students will continue implementing their receptive and expressive higher level language skills. This course builds on the skills learned in American Sign Language (ASL) I, II and III, adding more complex ASL structures. This course deepens understanding of American Deaf Culture and involvement in the community will be required. Using age-appropriate activities, students in ASL Level IV expand their ability to perform novice tasks and develop their ability to perform the tasks of the intermediate-to-advanced language learner. The intermediate-to-advanced language learner, when dealing with everyday topics, should understand ASL phrases receptively and respond expressively with learned material at an intermediate-to-advanced proficiency level; sign learned words, concepts, phrases, and sentences at an intermediate-to-advanced proficiency level; apply acquired knowledge of Deaf cultural norms to the development of communication skills; and apply knowledge of the components of ASL to increase accuracy of expression. Students use expressive and receptive skills for comprehension. Course instruction is conducted in ASL (without the use of spoken English.)
All class information can be found on Google Classroom. Be sure and use your SCHOOL GOOGLE LOG IN to access this information. Assignments will be posted, submitted and feedback provided through GOOGLE CLASSROOM.
Parent Google Classroom Access: Any parent may access the assignments and discussion that takes place in Google Classroom. To view your student’s Google Classroom pages, please go to https://classroom.google.com/ and login using your student’s username and password. Your student’s login credentials are his or her PISD email address, and his or her normal password. It will be something like:
- Username: Student email address
- Password: An eight-character letter/number combination
You must enter the entire email address – not just the username part. If you are unsure of your student’s username, your student can tell you. If you are unable to access your student’s account for any reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.