LGE653 - American Sign Language - Level 3

Outline info
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Subject Title
American Sign Language - Level 3

Subject Description
As a continuation of American Sign Language 2 - LGE 652, 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.

Credit Status
One credit. Not applicable as a general education credit.

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

1. Develop more ASL conversational skills in practical contexts;
2. Examine and understand the relationship between the language, history and cultural values/customs of the deaf/hard-of-hearing persons who use ASL.
3. Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
4. Incorporate the different ASL classifiers .
5. Understand the responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences when offering assistance to a deaf person. 

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.

LGE652 or permission of the instructor.  

Topic Outline

  •  Unit 7    Giving Directions
  •  Unit 8    Describing Others
  •  Unit 9    Making Requests
  •  Unit 10  Talking about Family and Occupations
  •  Unit 11 Attributing Qualities to Others
  •  Unit 12 Talking about Routines   

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 Units 7-12 Student Workbook, California: Dawn Sign Press, 2014. ISBN 9781581212211.

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:  

Signed Test 1 15%
Written Test  20%
Signed Test 2 25%
Homework 10%
Final Signed Test 25%
Culturally Sensitive Conduct 5%


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.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood