American Sign Language 101
- Winter Term Begins
- Jan 8
Learning a new language is a great way to meet new people, familiarize yourself with new cultures and communicate with others. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.
What will you learn in American Sign Language?
-History of ASL and the Deaf Community
-Assignments: Gestures and Tracing
-ASL Grammar: Statements and Questions
-Vocabulary and Numbers
-Assignments: Gesture Review, Sign the Numbers, What’s the Number and Role Shifting
-How Did You Get There?
-Knowing Your Locations
-Stories, Numbers and Fingerspelling
-Assignments: Cardinal Numbers 30-66, Spatial Agreement and “Down” Letters
-Reference Space, Pronouns and Negative Responses
-Asking for Personal Information
-Assignments: Dialogue and Write the Signs
-Midterm Preparation and Exam
-Days of the Week
-Day/Time & When Questions
-Opinions About Chores
-Assignments: Sign the Months, Time and Fingerspelling G & H
-Family Member Descriptions
-Assignments: Building a Fire: Using Classifiers, Family Members & Mini Dialogues
-Final Preparation and Exam
Required Materials (Not to register for until first day of class):
Peter Cook is Associate Professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation and an internationally known Deaf performing artist. Using American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement, Cook has performed at numerous festivals across the country – the Jonesboro National Storytelling Festival, The Deaf Way II and at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Cook has an MA in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University (2011) and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology (1986).
Course: American Sign Language 101
Taking ASL 1 will be an exciting, new territory for you! (Hands waving instead of clapping.) You are about to learn one of the fastest growing foreign languages. Yes, I said foreign language, you will soon realize that American Sign Language (ASL) is a language on its own. This course is designed to guide you in the clearest yet, challenging ways, and your instructor will help you to achieve this level of ASL.Why ASL from Peter