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ASL 203 - American Sign Language III

3 Credits

A continuation of ASL 102 for those with a basic foundation in American Sign Language communication. Grammar and vocabulary are continued at a higher level. Cultural topics are included in the study of grammar and structure. Attendance at events in the Deaf community is required.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 102 or permission of instructor.

New SUNY General Education:
SUNY - World Languages

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-BCO - Speaking (MBCO)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an ability to express oneself and comprehend messages in large-group conversations by: locating things around the house using classifiers; by complaining, making suggestions and requests using appropriate pronouns, agreement verbs, and ASL inflections; exchanging personal information about life events using transitions and non-manual markers
2. Explore, analyze, discuss, and reflect on patterns of Deaf cultural behaviors and Deaf social, political, and educational institutions and their influences on Deaf culture and related issues
3. Observe and describe the common themes in ASL literature that include viewpoints of Deaf and hearing people and major milestones in Deaf history that have shaped the concept of Deaf pride
4. Investigate the similarities and differences of complex grammatical principles of ASL and Deaf culture with one’s own language, including parameters of ASL phonology, classifiers, agreement verbs, inflections, and non-manual markers, as well as one’s own culture, such as controversial issues in the Deaf community and variations in rhythms used in songs and poems
5. Share and discuss knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture with members of the local Deaf community and participate in cultural events or social activities that reflect Deaf culture.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2023