Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

American Sign Language (AM)

Career and Technical Education Division

AM 140: American Sign Language I / II

Units (Credits): 6; Prerequisites: none

Introduces ASL and focuses on the development of basic conversational skills, emphasizing receptive abilities.

AM 141: American Sign Language III / IV

Units (Credits): 6; Prerequisites: AM 140 or AM145/AM146

Promotes the shift from comprehension to production of ASL to bring the students current ASL fluency to a point of self-generated ASL. American Sign Language IV encourages students to expand his or her command of discourse in ASL on various everyday topics.

AM 145: American Sign Language I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces ASL and focuses on the development of basic conversational skills, emphasizing receptive abilities.

AM 146: American Sign Language II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: AM 145

Continues to stress the development of basic conversational skills with emphasis on expanding vocabulary and expressive skills.

AM 147: American Sign Language III

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: AM 146

Promotes the shifting from comprehension to production of ASL to bring one's current ASL fluency to a point of self generated ASL.

AM 148: American Sign Language IV

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: AM 147

Encourages the student to expand his or her command of discourse in ASL on various everyday topics.

AM 149: American Sign Language V

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: AM 148

Emphasizes conversational fluency and identification of discourse styles in ASL, which will lead to the ability to initial, maintain and conclude conversational interactions with various deaf language styles and/or preference.

AM 150: American Sign Language VI

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: AM 149

Final course in the American Sign Language series, covering a culmination of all signs, pragmatics, grammar and fingerspelling skills acquired throughout the series. Emphasis is on utilizing all ASL skills simultaneously and fluently.

AM 151: Fingerspelling I

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Develops basic skills in receptive and expressive fingerspelling.

AM 152: Fingerspelling II

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: AM 151 or current enrollment in AM 151

Improves receptive and expressive fingerspelling skills to intermediate/advanced levels.

AM 153: Deaf Culture

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: AM 145

Offers a study of people who are deafened. Includes clinical and audiological descriptions of deafness and its course.

AM 154: Deaf History

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Examines segments of the history of deaf people and the deaf community, as well as the deaf experience from a historical perspective.

AM 199: Special Topics in Sign Language

Units (Credits): 0.5–3; Prerequisites: none

Includes short courses and experimental classes covering a variety of subjects. May be repeated for up to six units. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

AM 201: Interpreting I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: AM 146

Exposes students to the profession of sign language interpretation, providing them with an opportunity to determine their interest in the field.

AM 202: Interpreting II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: AM 201

Develops receptive and expressive skills in interpreting. Includes a series of activities leading from consecutive interpretation to simultaneous interpretation skills.

AM 203: Interpreting III

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: AM 202

Develops receptive and expressive skills in interpreting for deaf individuals. Follows a sequenced series of consecutive interpretation to simultaneous interpretation skills.

AM 204: Practicum in Sign Language Interpreting

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: AM 203

Offers advanced interpreting exposure and practical experience in sign language interpreting.

AM 215: Conversational ASL

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: AM 147

Focuses on the natural use of American Sign Language. Appropriate use of ASL grammar and vocabulary in conversational situations is stressed. Students master appropriate pragmatics, use of facial expressions, space, fingerspelling and classifiers, simultaneously for conversational fluency. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

AM 216: Receptive ASL

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: AM 147

Provides opportunities for students to develop receptive skills with a wide variety of signers. Receptive language of children, teens, adults with various socio-economic levels, and senior signers will be developed. Acquisition and comprehension of regional signs, "slang" signs, and generational signs will also be emphasized.



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