LGE651 - American Sign Language 1

Outline info
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Subject Title
American Sign Language 1

Subject Description
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.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

a) appropriately use ASL grammatical features including non-manual behaviours and signals.

b) produce appropriate ASL communication as assessed by production, cohesion, signabulary (sign vocabulary), fluidity, and accuracy of signs;

c) show comfort in use of the body to express oneself in a visual gestural mode by actively participating in all classroom activities;

d) interact effectively in a variety of culturally appropriate situations through classroom activities;

e) show respect for the Deaf culture in the classroom;

f) converse appropriately (see a, b, c, d above) in controlled environments (see topic outline)

g) complete a written test based on handouts and chapters 1 - 5 in the text.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

 Corequisite: EAC149

Topic Outline

  •         Unit 1 Introducing Oneself
  •         Unit 2 Exchanging Personal Information
  •         Unit 3 Discussing Living Situations

Mode of Instruction

Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 
Attendance in all classes is crucial to being successful in this course. There will be weekly assignments and quizzes which require full class participation. Students are responsible for all materials given out or assigned in class. Being absent from class is not an excuse for not having the materials or knowledge.  
Note: ASL is the language of preference for a majority of Deaf people for social, educational, and political purposes across North America. This class is conducted in ASL. Students wishing to use other languages are asked to use them outside of the classroom.

Prescribed Texts
Smith, Cheri, Ella Mae Lentz and Ken Mikos, Signing Naturally. Student Workbook units 1-6. Edited by Lisa Cahn. California: Dawn Sign Press, 2008. ISBN 9781581212105

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

In-class Signing 20%
2 Signed Tests 30%
1 Signed Final Test 25%
Written Test 20%
Culturally Sensitive Behaviour 5%

Student Success:
Fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will greatly improve your ability to earn a passing grade.

To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at www.senecac.on.ca/ce/ad-academic_info.

Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade.

Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty, or the College.It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing. For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.  

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood