LINGUIST 2SL3 Intro:American Sign Language
Academic Year: Winter 2018
Instructor: Prof. David Wiesblatt
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 512
Phone: 905-525-9140 x
Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00AM to 12:00PM
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
This course is an introduction to American Sign Language and it is most respected and recognized language used by Deaf people in United States and Canada and many parts around the world. Students will learn its foundation (linguistic perspective), ASL dialogue skill set, syntax, how to read and write basic ASL GLOSSES, expanding ASL vocabulary, and Deaf Culture. There will be some discussions about their history and how it forms as a language with given perspectives on the language and the signing community in Canada. When you have an opportunity to learn American Sign Language, ASL as a second language, we will be discussing about what are "gains" (benefits) ASL can offer such as career opportunities. Students taking this course study the linguistic fundamentals of ASL and learn to use it as their second language in appropriate socio-cultural context.
Note: Students are expected NOT to use their voiced language while they are learning to use the new language in the classroom. However, voiced language (spoken English) is allowed during the occasional discussion and while imparting general and specific information (with interpreters as arranged by the course director). Rationale: voiced language (spoken English) and signed language (ASL) follow a fundamentally different mode of communication rules and each language has its own rule-governed linguistic attributes that cannot mix without compromising its own language integrity.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Smith, C., E. M. Lentz and K. Mikos. 2008. Signing Naturally: Functional Notional Approach. Students Workbook, Unit 1-6. San Diego: Dawn Sign Press.
Method of Assessment:
20% -final exam
16% -midterm exam
16% -Unit dialogue tests
16% class assignments
12% occasional quizzes
10% class participation
5% reflection on ASL/Deaf community events/observance
5% voice-off rule observation
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Assignments: If you missed your assignment deadline, you can submit your late assignment with deduction of 25% for the lateness. I will not be accepting any assignments later than 7 days after the due date.
Quizzes: Quizzes will vary depending on the unit we will be working on. Some will be done in ASL and some will be in writing and some will be done via online.
Midterm and Exams: A separate instruction will be delivered to you and it must be done prior to deadline.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
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The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- improper collaboration in group work.
- copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
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Topics and Readings:
Unit 1 - Getting to Know You
Unit 2 - Exchanging Personal Information
Unit 3 - Discussing Living Situations
Unit 4 - Talking about Family
Unit 5 - Talking about Activities
Unit 6 - Storytelling