Overview

American Sign Language is the predominant method of communication used by the Deaf community in Canada and the United States. As well it is used by a growing number of hearing people in order to communicate with family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbours. American Sign Language (ASL) utilizes visual and gestural symbols in place of the sounds used in spoken language. Linguists recognize ASL as a distinct language and it is often studied by hearing persons as such.

Students will learn useful vocabulary and expressions, information about Deaf culture, and specific grammatical features of American Sign Language. Upon successful completion of three consecutive levels of ASL study students may apply for a Recognition of Achievement in ASL from the Modern Languages Program Manager at Seneca College.

Through classroom interaction and class activities students will develop the skills required to communicate through the use of ASL. No spoken languages will be used in the classroom.


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Curriculum

LGE651
American Sign Language 1
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This introductory course offers the student an opportunity to develop communication skills in American Sign Language (ASL) to interact, socialize, or associate with Deaf people. These skills are developed through classroom interaction and activities progressively increasing throughout the course. No previous knowledge or experience of ASL is required. No spoken languages will be used in the classroom.




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LGE652
American Sign Language 2
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE651 or skills assessment

As a continuation of American Sign Language (ASL) I - LGE651, the student will have the opportunity to further develop his/her communication skills in this course. Classroom interaction and activities are the main focus to assist the student in developing his/her communication skills. The student is required to increase his/her level of participation as the course progresses. No spoken languages will be used in the classroom.




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LGE653
American Sign Language - Level 3
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE652 or permission of the instructor.

As a continuation of American Sign Language 2 - LGE652, Level 3 will expand the students' signabulary, grammatical syntax of ASL, and cultural awareness. Classroom interaction and activities focusing on everyday Deaf-hearing encounters will enhance students' communication skills, enabling them to progress to an advanced level of ASL competency. The class will be conducted in ASL (no voice) from the first day.




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LGE654
American Sign Language Level 4
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Prerequisite(s):

LGE653

As a continuation of American Sign Language (ASL) 3, classroom interaction and activities, and Deaf Events will further develop students' signabulary, grammatical syntax, conversational abilities, and Deaf culture awareness. Students will learn how to properly assist a Deaf person. The "No Voice" policy will be implemented in the classroom.




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Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Jamara Romero
Program Assistant
Jamara.Romero@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22513


Iole Millescamps
Part-time Program Coordinator
Iole.Millescamps@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24109


Klaus Grober
Academic Program Manager
Klaus.Grober@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22682