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Welcome to American Sign Language (ASL) I

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Katherine Montesino

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Transcript of Welcome to American Sign Language (ASL) I

I'm sure you have a lot of questions so...
Let's get started!
ASL ZONE
ASL is a
visual/gestural language
; you will need to develop communication skills of which you are not accustomed: using one's hands, face, body, eyes and space. In order to progress, it is important that students
become comfortable using their bodies and "listening" with their eyes
. To encourage and foster the development of these skills,
voicing in the classroom will be avoided
. Feel free to communicate during class through writing, gesturing, fingerspelling or signs any questions to get clarification on what is being covered in class.
During break times, it is important to continue “voice-off” communication with the instructor by using alternative communication means
.
Course Description
Introduction to American Sign Language with emphasis on vocabulary used by Deaf adults. Includes introduction to history and culture of Deafness in America and linguistic structure and conceptual vocabulary of conversational (expressive and receptive) sign language skills. Describes various manual communication systems and philosophies.
Welcome to American Sign Language I (ASL)
This information is on your syllabus which can be accessed through Blackboard or the LSSC faculty webpage under American Sign Language - MONTESINO

Course Objectives
Before the start of class or when the class has ended for the evening, I am more than willing to have a “voiced” conversation with you to answer any questions or gain clarification on confusing lessons.
Please be mindful that I do better when you talk slowly, clearly, and face me directly.
what no voicing?! Relax...
The ASL Text

Signing Naturally Student Workbook Units 1-6 Smith, Lentz, Mikos
ASL I will focus on
Units 1 - 4
Learners who satisfactorily complete this course will be able to:
Student Learning Outcomes
* demonstrate basic vocabulary and possess basic ASL grammatical skills for communication.
* develop manual alphabet and number sign skills.
* develop use of signs in context.
* implement basic facial markers and mouth morphemes.
* make introductions and share personal information about self, family, basic desires and interests in the target language.
* communicate surroundings, giving and receiving directions as well as sharing information about where you live in the target language.
* gain an understanding of and respect for Deaf Culture.


communication
community
connection
comparison
Time for an ASL intermission:
"It Feels So Good" sung by Damon Timm sigbned by Rosa Lee Timm
PARTICIPATION and ATTENDANCE
30%
Breakdown of Grades
Tests
15%
Mid Term Exam
15%
Final Exam
24%
Homework and Deaf Event Report
8% each
Time to view another ASL video:
“HAPPY” The video was produced by a team of Deaf campers & staff from Deaf Film Camp 2014 at Camp Mark Seven.


In this presentation I am covering noteworthy information, but it is your responsibility to read the entire
syllabus

Pay close attention to her facial expressions
as FACIAL EXPRESSION is the key to ASL
Thanks for watching, now let's start SIGNING!!!
ME!
A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I AM DEAF (medically HARD-OF-HEARING). I WEAR 2 HEARING AIDS - most of the time, but not in class as I wont need them - THEY ARE VERY SMALL BUT POWERFUL IN AMPLIFICATION. I HAVE BEEN TEACHING AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FOR MANY YEARS.

(It may come with 1 or 2 DVD's)
culture
1. The learner will assimilate beginner level ASL using vocabulary, grammar, non-manual signals, fingerspelling and numbers.
2. The learner will employ the target language to execute beginning level ASL syntax, including non-manual signals and mouth morphemes.
3. The learner will examine basic issues relevant to the Deaf Community
ASL is an amazing language. The key to success is PRACTICE, participation in class and ASK questions! Here is a tongue-in-cheek look at ASL success.
Fluency and Mastery

“How long does it take to become fluent in ASL?”
Simple answer: 10,000 hours “How long is that???”

If you never sleep and sign 24 hours a day, it will take you… A little over a year (about 416 days)

If you sleep and sign 16 hours a day, it will take you… About 20 ½ months (about 625 days)

If you sleep and only sign 8 hours a day, it will take you… About 3 ½ years (about 1250 days)

“What if I ONLY sign during class?”

Assuming you sign every minute of every class and there is no testing, events, absences, etc., you will have signed ONLY…

144 hours by the end of ASL 1 288 hours by the end of ASL 2

Meaning??? Signing ONLY during class for 4 years, you will achieve about 5% fluency in ASL

And the point is??? SIGN, SIGN, SIGN!!!


Blackboard contains important announcements, testing information, homework, class documents, resources and more.
You are required to access Blackboard weekly, if not more. Failure to do so can result in missed instruction.
IMPORTANT:
Many of the documents/Powerpoints used in class can be found in the ASL I Folder on the WEBPAGE, some will be posted in Blackboard under "documents"
Assignments:
All assignments with a scheduled date, including any testing materials, reports and projects, are to be turned in or sent through Blackboard on the due date. NO LATE WORK is accepted. Should there be an extenuating situation the instructor is to be notified prior to the due date of the assignment.
Deaf Event Report:
This project allows you to experience ASL in real-life in an instructor approved activity. More information will be posted in Blackboard
More information forthcoming, stay tuned!
REMEMBER: Students are expected to attend every class. Arriving late and leaving early disrupts the class and weighs heavily on your grade.
ABSENCES ARE NOT A VALID EXCUSE FOR NOT KEEPING WITH SCHEDULED WEEKLY UNIT DVD PRACTICES AND READINGS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK BLACKBOARD FOR THE HOMEWORK MISSED AND TO COME TO CLASS PREPARED.
Only ONE absence will be excused.
Participation/Attendance is calculated at 420 points per term ÷ 15 weeks = 28 points per week.
Feel free to contact me anytime and I will get back with you
montesik@lssc.edu
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