American Sign Language 1 (ASL1), Adams, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C91 (graduate) & EDU 4710 CFS38 (undergraduate)
Instructor: Melissa Kate Adams
Location: June 24- June 28, 2019 in-person at Castleton University with the remainder of the course in an online environment.
Dates and Times: June 24-November 30, 2019. June 24-28 from 9 am- 3 pm with a daily one hour lunch break.
Credits: 3 graduate or undergraduate credits
Tuition: $975

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $975 payable to CASTLETON UNIVERSITY is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05735. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL), focuses on building receptive and expressive skills through a visual-gestural modality, and provides an overview of Deaf culture.

This course is offered at the graduate and undergraduate level. Undergraduates will be expected to participate fully in discussions, activities, and assignments and the instructor will differentiate certain outcomes and expectations when necessary.

 Audience: Anyone and everyone

Course Goals & Objectives

At the end of this course, the students will able to:

  1. Vocabulary Development
  2. Demonstrate smooth fingerspelling and number production
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive mastery of targeted vocabulary words drawn from class, lectures, and videos.
  4.  Produce and read vocabulary signs using correct hand shape, palm orientation, location, movement, and non manual markers (NMM)
  5. Grammatical Features
  6. Demonstrate comprehensive mastery of target, content-specific commands, questions, and statements in ASL.
  7. Identify grammatical features within short dialogues in ASL as directed by the professor.
  8. Conversational and Communication Skills
  9. Demonstrate comprehension and conversation facilitating behaviors.
  10. Demonstrate comprehension and production of regulating behaviors (i.e. attention getting techniques, turn taking signals, and others)
  11. Comprehend short narratives and stories in ASL as signed by the professor, Deaf users of ASL, or viewed on ASL videos.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to create, conduct and terminate a short content-specific conversation.
  13. Cultural Awareness
  14. Analyze and critique competing perspectives of diverse Deaf communities in the United States, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices, and its history.
  15. Compare, contrast, and interpret differences and commonalities among Deaf and hearing cultures.

Lectures will include demonstration of grammar and syntax in ASL with every new topic. New vocabulary will be given in every class. Also regional signs and the importance of flexibility will be discussed.

Required Texts

Costs for required texts, if any, are not included in course cost.

  1. Bryant, R., Gelineau, L., Shannon, T., Harris, R., & Marbury, N. (2017). TRUE+WAY

ASL: Level 1 student e-workbook.  Austin, TX: Purple Moontower.

  1. Register with GoReact
  2. Audism Unveiled, you will need to order your own copy or link,
  3. Assigned articles these will be provided via email once you are registered.

For additional course information

Melissa Adams
(802) 779.3692 text

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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