2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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ASL& 223 American Sign Language VI (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Humanities; General Transfer Elective
Prerequisite ASL& 222   with at least a 2.5 grade. 

Course Description
In ASL& 223, emphasis is placed on receptive and expressive skill development including discourse structures used in discussing a variety of topics, spontaneous conversations, and story-telling. The course will encourage vocabulary review, clear articulation of the language, continued practice of grammar structures, exposure to a variety of signing styles, and a deeper cultural awareness about interacting effectively in the Deaf community.

Student Outcomes
1. Utilize/draw upon a vocabulary of over 500 signs related to areas of sports, travel, politics, theater/drama, occupations, education, and various spontaneous topics.
2. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the grammatical aspects of topicalization, conditional sentences, relative clauses, rhetorical questions, contrastive structure, classifiers, using modified verbs (such as continuous aspect), and non-verb agreement.
3. Produce an articulate and well-organized progression of ideas and concepts utilizing sequencing, transitions, and phrasing.
4. Participate in discussions of deaf culture from literature such as Forbidden Signs by Douglas Baynton, and Never the Twain Shall Meet by Richard Winefield and volunteer/interact within the deaf community to broaden understanding of the culture and issues.
5. Utilize real-world situations on a variety of topics both structured and spontaneous to demonstrate an enhanced ability to adjust sign styles depending on register.
6. Incorporate key elements while telling a story including placement of characters or objects, movement of characters or objects, maintaining continuity, transitions, character development, and special features.
7. Demonstrate the ability to accurately and clearly reproduce rote memorization of ASL passages provided by native signers and provide more detailed translations of ASL narratives into English narratives.
8. Utilize a broader breadth of numbers both receptively and expressively in dialogue and real-world situations including finances, ratios, fractions, and percentages.
9. Actively participate in the Deaf community attending events, socializing, and networking.

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