The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- ASL tends to be highly descriptive and detailed as well as narrative in nature. ASL uses techniques such as three-dimensional space, explaining by example, contrasting, describing-then doing, reiterating, couching (or nesting) and faceting.
- Fluent users of ASL structure their discourse according to real-time sequencing and have a diverse semantic range in which classifiers, spatial locatives, directional verbs and affect markers are used to provide specific semantic information.
- Fluent ASL signers use correct grammatical structure and are able to incorporate sign sequencing with visual grammatical markers to communicate in a variety of registers. They can adapt their language to linguistic rules of various contexts, including special ways of communication with Deaf children and youth.
- Native users of language provide a rich resource for learning the nuances and complexities of conversational forms of ASL and cultural norms of group interaction.
- Language and culture cannot be separated. Deaf people rely on ASL narrative to portray themselves and reaffirm their identities as members of a distinct cultural group. Therefore, readings from the academic literature can augment cultural studies.
- Literary forms specific to Deaf people (ASL poetry, narratives, folklore, etc.) provide an excellent medium for studying culture and is a vital component of any foreign language study.
- Social and community events, where native users of a language gather, provide a rich resource for learning the nuances and complexities of conversational forms of that language and cultural norms of group interaction.
- Shadowing language models
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Attendance and participation
- Videotaped assignments
- Written assignments
This is a letter graded course.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Incorporate techniques used in ASL discourse
- Incorporate visual discourse markers and cohesives in ASL discourse
- Use classifiers and 3D space effectively with consistent accuracy
- Adapt ASL discourse to contextual variations
- Produce grammatically correct ASL discourse using proper pausing/phrasing, and role shifting
- Incorporate humour appropriately.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV MOLA 3XX (3.5)||2019/01/01 to -|