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Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

CSD 218 American Sign Language I (3) Introduction to sign language; provides basic receptive and expressive skills; includes out-of-class practice.

CSD 218 American Sign Language I (3)

CSD 218, American Sign Language I (AM SIGN LANG 1), is a 3-credit course that can be taken by any student interested in learning sign language. Several sections of the course are offered every semester. For Communications Sciences and Disorders majors, the course is highly recommended as an elective. The intent of the course is to provide students with a basic understanding of receptive and expressive sign language skills. The educational objectives are that students will (a) acquire a basic knowledge of expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL), content variety signing, and finger spelling, (b) acquire a knowledge of the role of ASL in the lives of deaf people and to other cultural aspects of deafness, (c) develop and demonstrate a 600 word sign language vocabulary, and (d) demonstrate basic sign language communication skills. Students meet the educational objectives by attending class, completing reading assignments, observing video tapes, and practicing sign language inside and outside of class. Students will be evaluated using five tests. One test concerns aspects of the deaf culture as it pertains to the use of ASL and the grammatical structure of ASL. Four tests assess knowledge of vocabulary and communication skills by having the instructor sign vocabulary and questions and having students write down or sign back the answer. CSD 218 is a prerequisite for CSD 318, Sign Language II.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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