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2022-2023 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
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MLL 131 - Elementary American Sign Language I: Language and Humanities

Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: GE-C2
Students will learn conversational language and visual gestural strategies to reinforce ASL fluency. Grammatical principles and functions and learning about Deaf Culture will be emphasized. 

Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground, or Entirely Online.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-C2 - Lower Division Humanities
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth conversational and narrative skills in ASL through discussion topics:
    • getting to know you and giving information about yourself
    • introducing oneself
    • recognizing exact and mirror movements (signers’ perspective)
    • learning certain handshapes for numbers and letters
    • narrating experience with languages
    • identifying and describing people
    • discussing one’s residence and living situations
  2. Use grammatical features in ASL through classroom activities and assignments/projects:
    • five parameters
    • appropriate non-manuals signals (NMS) for wh-questions
    • appropriate non-manuals signals (NMS) for Y/N questions
    • contrastive structure
    • signer’s perspective
    • using object-subject-verb (OSV) syntax order
    • use of space/spatial reference
    • recognize differences between sign and basic classifiers
    • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of:
    • conversation behaviors
    • basic understanding of the linguistic structure of ASL
    • basic knowledge of ASL literature and history
    • Deaf culture and the Deaf community

C2. Humanities Learning Outcomes
  1. Show appreciation for the humanities using their intellect, imagination, sensibility, and sensitivity;
  2. develop their affective and cognitive faculties through studying great works reflecting the rich diversity of human imagination and/or inquiry; and
  3. engage in critical self-reflection relating themes in the humanities to the students’ own lives.

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