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A complete guide of sign language courses are listed below.
*** Clicking on each course will take you directly to the online course listing and registration pages***

HOW TO REGISTER FOR SIGN LANGUAGE COURSES:

1) Click on the course link.
2) Choose the term during which you would like to take the
    class (Summer '10, Fall '10, Spring '11)
3) Scroll through the "Subject" options until you find
    Sign Language, and highlight with curser.
4) Click the Get Courses button.
5) Find the call and course numbers of the class you want and
    click the lab or lab/lecture highlighted link.
6) You must then enter secured login by clicking on the
    secured login highlighted link and following the prompts.

COURSES:

SIGN 160 - Intro to the Deaf Community

This course is designed to introduce the student to the various aspects of life in the deaf community including cultural identity, education, language, the medical perspective, civil rights, disability law, advocacy, audiology, and oppression. Students will be taught up to 300 American Sign Language vocabulary words and phrases, Fingerspelling and numbers. A grade of 2.0 or higher fulfills the Communication Core requirement for curricula effective Fall 2007 or later.

SIGN 161 - American Sign Language I

This course provides basic knowledge of American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar. Pantomime is also used to explore nonverbal communication and its function within ASL. Elements of the communication process, ASL presentation skills, and group dynamics will also be covered. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 162 - American Sign Language II

Designed to increase students' knowledge and use of American Sign Language vocabulary and grammar, as well as to focus on specific grammatical elements for more in-depth analysis and practice. Intended for students who plan to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 163 - American Sign Language III

Designed to provide additional vocabulary and synthesis of grammatical elements of American Sign Language through expressive and receptive use of conversational sign language. Intended for students who plan to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 164 - American Sign Language IV

This course is intended to build conceptual understanding and use of American Sign Language. Students will develop American Sign Language skills by interpreting in ASL paragraphs which are presented in English context. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 166 - Fingerspelling

This course provides the student with concentrated instruction and practice in both expressive and receptive Fingerspelling and numbering skills. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 167 - Beginning Sign to Voice

Designed to increase the student's receptive skills in conversational sign language focusing on comprehension of the various manual communication systems utilized by deaf persons. Sign-to-voice techniques and practice will be introduced through use of prepared videotapes. Intended for students who plan to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 168 - Conversational ASL

This course focuses on synthesizing grammatical elements of American Sign Language and using them in an expressive mode. It creates awareness of conversational behaviors used by the deaf community and provides practice of those behaviors in classroom and other settings. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 169 - Expressive/Receptive Communication

This course enhances the student's receptive and voicing skills, specifically skills needed to pass the Interpreter Training Program Screening Assessment (ITP Test), such as ASL vocabulary recognition, English sentence structure, and vocal tone and volume. Topics will be covered using videos, lectures, guest signers, and in-class activities.

SIGN 176 - Advanced Fingerspelling

This course provides the student with advanced concentrated instruction and practice in both expressive and receptive fingerspelling skills. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 240 - Interpreting/Transliterating

American Sign Language vocabulary will continue to be developed with learning about the interpreting and transliterating process. Students will analyze text and demonstrate the ability to facilitate communication in both ASL sentence structure or English word order. The class involves expressive and receptive skill development.

SIGN 250 - Deaf Culture and History

This course looks closely at the unique experiences of those in the deaf community. It examines the history of the deaf community in America and the sociology of hearing-impaired (both deaf and the hard-of-hearing). Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 260 - Linguistic Principles of ASL

An overview of the linguistic organization of ASL, including a linguistic perspective on how ASL is learned and how it is (and is not) influenced by English. Topics relevant to interpreting, such as language variation and translation, will be emphasized. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 261 - Principles of Interpreting

Surveys professional interpreting through lecture, role-playing, and classroom discussion. Introduces the ethics of interpreting and, roles and responsibilities of the professional interpreter. Examines necessary skills of the interpreter in various settings: educational, mental health, vocational rehabilitation, legal, religious, phone, television, medical, deaf, blind, and minimal language skills.

SIGN 263 - Intermediate Sign to Voice

This course develops and refines necessary basic skills and fluency in receptive sign language and for voicing all levels of communication for deaf individuals. Techniques taught include interpreter task analysis, listening, attending, internal message formulation, vocabulary search, and monitoring output. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 264 - Advanced Sign to Voice

This course provides advanced skill development and fluency in voicing for all communication levels of deaf persons. Techniques taught are voice projection, breathing and relaxation, analysis of sign information, anticipation and prediction, closure, modality switching, correction, image search, decalage, and pacing. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 265 - Advanced Interpreting/Transliterating

This course continues the development of skills necessary for interpreter evaluation/qualification. Students will be provided with simulated testing situations using interactive videotapes of hearing/deaf individuals requiring students to interpret/transliterate. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 266 - Interactive Interpreting

This course provides students with simulated testing interpreter/transliterating settings using interactive videotapes of hearing and deaf individuals with the purpose of developing skills necessary for interpreter evaluation. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 267 - Sign Internship I

Combines student transliterated lectures and supervised placement in various interpreting settings to allow directed observation and application of practical interpreting skills. Students will spend an additional 8 hours a week in their placement setting. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 268 - Sign Internship II

Combines student interpreted lectures and supervised placement in various interpreting settings to allow directed observation and application of practical interpreting skills. Students will spend an additional 8 hours a week on their placement setting. Designed for students intending to become sign language interpreters.

SIGN 294 - Sign Language Interpreting Seminar

Special topics for intermediate and advanced interpreters. Topics cover a broad range of subjects related to the interpreting field and include preparation for state and national exams.

SIGN 295 - Independent Study in Sign Language

An opportunity for self-directed learners to explore topics related to, but not taught in the curriculum. Students spend at least two hours per week for each credit. A detailed proposal must be submitted by the student for approval by the Department and supervising instructor prior to registration. Restricted to students intending to become sign language interpreters.

*** Clicking on each course will take you directly to the online course listing and registration pages***

 

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