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American Sign Language

L625 American Sign Language
This is the introductory course in the study of American Sign Language. The content includes the basic receptive and expressive sign skills and sign vocabulary required to be able to communicate at a beginner’s level in American Sign Language. Included in the class content are beginning linguistic and grammatical principles; appropriate facial markers and body movement; the manual alphabet and signed numbers; information on the effect of deafness on the individual; needed terms; the history of the development of ASL and other sign systems; the education of deaf children; ASL stories, songs and poetry; and information about the deaf culture and community. Length: Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: None