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ASL Course Descriptions


ASL 1, American Sign Language 1 5 units
Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: None.
This is an introductory course of American Sign Language (ASL) with an emphasis on signing, receptive skills, signing parameters, the glossing system and numbers. This course provides a historical introduction, cultural awareness and cross-cultural adjustment skills. Non-verbal communication is emphasized. Homework assignments will include, but are not limited to, attendance and involvement at community events. Language Lab is required.
ASL 2, American Sign Language 2 5 units
Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC AREA 3B (Arts and Humanities), Foreign Language (required for UC only)
• Prerequisite: American Sign Language 1 or equivalent skills.
This course is a continuation of ASL 1. Instruction will include further studies of the elementary skills for the fundamentals of ASL: grammar, receptive, and expressive. There will also be extensive instruction on the Deaf Culture and Community, which will be presented in readings, videos and discussion in ASL. Non-verbal communication is emphasized. Language