American Sign Language

ASL 102/ASL 122 Winter 2011



INSTRUCTOR:  Sinay Stenlund
CONTACT: 
Cell phone: 509.499.4033
Personal e-mail: justsinay@yahoo.com
Turn in work at: aslpapers@yahoo.com
Website: www.justsinay.homestead.com
OFFICE:
I am usually in my office at 9:30am or by appointment


REQUIRED FOR THE CLASS:
Learning American Sign Language : Beginning & Intermediate Levels I & II
by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden

Access to video camera and player- VHS, VHS-C,  DVD or online format ONLY

This is the second in a related series of courses that focus on the use and study of American Sign Language (ASL). This course expands the empahsis on ASL grammar, syntax and vocabulary, non manual behavior and Deaf culture, providing students the opportunity to develop and use their language in both receptive and expressive modes. Perspectives on Deaf culture will be discussed in class.

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate receptive and expressive comprehension of basic ASL syntax, facial grammar and vocabulary.
Apply the principles of non manual behavior and ASL structure appropriately within formal and informal language activity in ASL.
Demonstrate receptive comprehension of ASL by responding to questions asked about a signed story/conversation.
Demonstrate expressive ability in ASL by presenting a signed story/conversation.


There will scheduled “SILENT” days as a part of the class.  You are required to participate.  There will be NO talking on these days unless you are assigned to voice.

This is a hands on class and attendance is very important to your grade.  Daily participation is required.  We will set a fast pace. Some weeks we will complete two chapters from the text. It is your responsibility to catch up on any material that was covered if you miss class.  It is a good idea to find a study partner and/or study group that could help you should you need to miss class.

PLEASE DO NOT WORK AHEAD IN YOUR BOOK.  It is best to see the hand shape and motion of each sign demonstrated before you practice it on your own.  Sign is learned through use.

Grading and assignments will be as follows:

You are required to attend and participate during every class. Missing a class or engaging in off task behavior during class will result in a loss of 5 pts from your accumulated course work. Because I know people do get sick, I will allow three “free” missed days per quarter, any days after those three will be counted against you. Engaging in off task behavior during class time will automatically result in lost points.
You will have the choice of doing one research paper or five article reviews. The research paper will be 7-10 double spaced pages, using 12 pt font. It is worth 100 pts, on a current Deaf issue. You will need 5-7 sources. It will be due on March 4.  Alternately, you could submit five (5) short article reviews. Each will be worth 20 pts. The reviews should be 1 1/2 to 2 pages, double spaced, 12 pt font with standard margins and should include a short summary of the article and your reaction to it. The articles can be from the newspaper, periodicals, online articles or informational websites. You should, of course, include source citing. You may use the format of your choice. You must also include your class time and assignment title. The article topics will relate to Deafness or ASL.  Make sure you ask if in doubt as to the relevancy of your topic. The due dates are: Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 11, Feb 25 and March 11.
We will take weekly quizzes, usually on the last day of the week. The quizzes will be worth a total of 100 points, at 10 points each. Quizzes will be scored in class; however grades are recorded for quantity, not correctness. They are an effective learning tool by which you can evaluate your progress. If you miss a quiz, you cannot make it up, so attendance is important.
Each student will turn in two video tapes. You may use VHS, VHS-C, DVD or online FORMAT ONLY! If I am unable to play back the format you sent me, you will not be allowed to make it up and will earn a zero for the assignment. You may use an online server, such as You Tube. Please be sure you recorded properly. If I am unable to access your assignments for ANY reason, you will get a zero!  The material will be assigned by me. The first video is due Feb. 7, and the second is due March 7.  Each is worth 100 points. Late videos may not be accepted. Each video will be turned in with a peer review and a self review form.
A prearranged activity from the list below will be worth 100 points and will be due no later than March 4. Those doing a performance will be scheduled during the last week of classes.

Each assignment will have your name, my name and the assignment name on it.


REVIEW OF GRADE BREAKDOWN:

Videos (2):200 pts
Article Reviews (5)100 pts
Quizzes (10) 100 pts
Prearranged activity (2)100pts
TOTAL500pts.

A total of 500 points, with a standard 10% break down will determine your grade. 

35 points of extra credit may be earned by attending a deaf social or function (open to hearing people) and writing a short paper telling of your experience.  Be sure to include what, where, and when and what you may have learned.

Prearranged Activities (do two):

Attend a deaf social or function (open to hearing people) and write a short paper telling of your experience.  Be sure to include what, where, and when and what you may have learned.

Perform a song or short story in ASL.  You must get approval from me to be certain the material is appropriate.

Attend two interpreted events and write a short paper, include signs you recognized or signs you learned.

SCC: Attend eight Café Chats and have a card signed and dated by designated person.

YVCC: Attend four ASL club meetings and have a card signed and dated by Ivan or Tracy.

Interview a deaf person and give a short report to the class.

Additional suggestions will be considered. “Playing Deaf” will not be considered.

Academic Dishonesty
You are expected to do your own work and behave honorably.  Cheating and plagiarism will result in a score of zero for the project as well as placing your character in suspect and lowering my esteem of you.  Plagiarism would include buying, copying, or borrowing documents or images from published, unpublished, or electronic sources for the purposes of deceiving your instructor as to it origins.



Assignments and due dates
Work is to be turned in on due dates. The most convenient and reliable method is to turn it in on the due date to the classroom, or by email, (aslpapers@yahoo.com). Assignments submitted by email need to be formatted using Word, or put in the body of the email. I CANNOT open Works.  I will always respond back that I received an assignment. If you do not get a response from me, I didn’t receive it and it is your responsibility to make sure I get it!  In the even of an emergency (look up what it means before you think you have one), you must contact me as soon as possible in order to make arrangements for delayed work.

Sign requires practice. It would be to your advantage to form a study group, work with a partner and practice daily in front of a mirror.  It is also a good idea to videotape yourself so that you can easily see how you are progressing.  To blend hand shapes, facial expression and body language into smooth and natural communication requires skill only obtained through practice and use. Your frustration level in this class will be greatly increased if you do not get a study partner.  Trust me on this one!

It is my intention that this class be a pleasurable as well as a learning experience.  You are learning a language and the ability to become proficient at a language varies between individuals.  You cannot expect to become fluent by simply taking classes, however your dedication to the task at hand will pay off.  Fluency will only be acquired by interacting with native users.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or questions.

Basic Housekeeping Info:

Cell phones need to be turned off or on vibrate. I understand that there may be a rare situation where you need to answer your phone, due to family situations or emergencies. You need to inform me of this possibility BEFORE class starts. If your phone rings during class time, thus disrupting me and your classmates, you will be required to bring snacks to be shared in the next class meeting. Do Not Even Think about texting during my class!

Off task behavior is disrespectful and annoys me. *This is college. You don’t have to be here.*

Don’t pack up and leave until I tell you to do so. To do otherwise is disrespectful and annoying. See above comment*.


Course adaptations:
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case we must evacuate the building, please notify me as soon as possible.  Anyone with questions about college services for disabled students should contact the Office of Disabled Student Services.

As a student in ASL 102, you are taking a course that is transferable to WA public four year colleges and universities. This course meets the content level and expectations of a comparable university course.

Information on Grading

The article review papers are worth 20 pts each. I will deduct 5 pts for each of the following:
No source cited
Less than 1 ½ pages in length
No article summary (a copy of the article is not acceptable)
Lacking personal response to the article
No class time or assignment title (example: “Article One”)

Points will be deducted based on the quality of summary and response. Your opinion, however, will not be graded, only your ability to express it.

Videos:

Each video is worth 100 pts. Each video must be clearly marked with the name of the person(s) on the video. More than one person may use the same tape however it must be clearly labeled. Each assignment will consist of the signed presentation, a peer review and a self review.  Each review is worth a possible 25 pts. It is to your benefit to be very detailed on your self review. Any mistakes found by you, will be judged lightly when I grade your video. The purpose of these videos is to evaluate your language development and if you are able to self-correct, then I can grade you gentler.




















Video Self Review Form
Video Two


Name:Date:


Your use of ASL structure and vocabulary:
  (give reasons for inappropriate structure, and identify vocab mistakes.)

Sentence 1appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 2appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 3appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 4appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 5appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 6appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 7appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 8appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 9appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 10appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble






I like the way I did the following:








Video Peer Review Form
Video Two



Video by:Date:

Reviewed by:

Your use of ASL structure and vocabulary:
  (give reasons for inappropriate structure, and identify vocab mistakes.)

Sentence 1appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 2appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 3appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 4appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 5appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 6appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 7appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 8appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 9appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 10appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble






I like the way I did the following:







Video Self Review Form
Video One


Name:Date:


Your use of ASL structure and vocabulary:
  (give reasons for inappropriate structure, and identify vocab mistakes.)

Sentence 1appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 2appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 3appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 4appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 5appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 6appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 7appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 8appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 9appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 10appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble






I like the way I did the following:








Video Peer Review Form
Video One



Video by:Date:

Reviewed by:

Your use of ASL structure and vocabulary:
  (give reasons for inappropriate structure, and identify vocab mistakes.)

Sentence 1appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 2appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 3appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 4appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 5appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 6appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 7appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 8appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 9appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble


Sentence 10appropriateinappropriatevocab trouble






I like the way I did the following:




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