American Sign Language 463
Students strengthen language competency within the context of culturally rich thematic units, in conjunction with ASL 363, across two modes of communication: expressive and receptive skills. Performance-based activities allow students to express themselves in ASL in practiced and new situations with greater independence, with expanded use of ASL grammar, classifiers and storytelling. Students participate in the Deaf community, and make comparisons and connections to their own culture and experiences. Films, readings, guest speakers and other authentic resources are used to enhance awareness and understanding of Deaf culture. Communication in the classroom (teacher-student and/or student-student) takes place exclusively in ASL.