LGE654 - American Sign Language Level 4

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Subject Title
American Sign Language Level 4

Subject Description
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.   

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. Establish and maintain longer dialogues in relationships, through expanded ASL signabulary, linguistic, and grammatical features;
2. Understand the basis of various societal depictions of the Deaf  - the medical, social, and  cultural-linguistic views – and gain increased respect for the language, history, and culture of the Deaf. 
3. Use ASL for various functions:  making suggestions, giving advice, and decision-making; 
4. Translate and respond in ASL when reading written English;
5. Narrate using more ASL classifiers;
6. Assume responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences when offering to interpret for 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.

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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.

LGE653 or permission of the instructor.

Topic Outline

Specific Learning Outcomes
The students’ acquired skills will advance gradually and naturally, each at various levels of competence, through communicative interactions. This ASL course will enhance skills in the following areas:
Receptive Skills:

Students will be able to:
Demonstrate an ability to distinguish signs for the purpose of acquiring more ASL language structure/grammar;
Understand/discriminate hand form and movement of finger-spelled words: states and provinces and number types (cardinal numbers, age, dollars, cents, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months);
Discriminate and infer ASL when communicating with peers and the teacher on familiar topics;
Comprehend the main idea from English instruction and translate into ASL;
Distinguish the subtle differences in vocabulary/grammar/classifiers in ASL areas.
Expressive Skills:
Students will be able to:
Understand how and when to correctly use temporal aspects when expressing in ASL structures;
Ask / give opinions when describing various topics, tendencies or persons, and explain circumstances to support these opinions;
Describe a person’s personality and use role shifting to describe him/her;
Compare a person’s knowledge of a subject matter to their own and be able to explain the differences/similarities;
Ask hypothetical questions and respond using reaction expressions/signs;
Tell / retell a story incorporating placement of characters and agreement verbs in role shifts following the appropriate narrative structure. 
Translation Skills:  

Students will be able to:
Translate the Wh-question ‘What happened?’ using the correct word order (time, location, topic, ending with question);
Translate Wh-word ‘Which’ using topicalization, contrastive structure and nodding Wh-word question;
Read written English and translate into ASL.
Cultural Awareness:

Students will be able to:
Appropriately interrupt two people in a conversation asking them to pause, explain, and then resume the conversation.
Decide when it is preferable to offer interpreting assistance to a Deaf person, and when and where to use the spoken language.
Identify De’VIA artwork and describe how it meets De’VIA criteria;
Understand/Demonstrate awareness and respect for the language, history and culture of the Deaf. 

Mode of Instruction

ASL instructors develop the listening and signing skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
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. 
ASL is a visual language. Attendance in all classes is, therefore, 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

Unit 10 Video Dialogue Test 15%
Unit 11 Video Dialogue Test 15%
Final Unit 12 Video Narrative Test 20%
Written Test or Report 25%
Homework  10%
Culturally Sensitive Conduct  5%

To be successful in this course, 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