Career & Technical Education > American Sign Language

General Information

I. Catalog Course Description

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

II: Course Objectives

By completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize, produce and utilize signs (basic vocabulary) of American Sign Language.
  • Recognize, produce and utilize basic sentence structure including: object + subject + verb, sentences with identifying nouns, using “finish” directional verbs, and verbs with classifiers.
  • Recognize, produce and utilize language functions and grammar of standard American Sign Language including: confirming information, correcting information, negative markers, yes/no questions, WH-questions, peronal pronouns, spatial referencing and numbering.
  • Introductions, exchanging personal information, describing surroundings, telling where you live.
  • Discuss family, activities and corresponding basic vocabulary
  • Understand the importance of cultural traditions, diversity and ethics in the modern world.
  • Have effective and efficient learning skills, including the location and evaluation of information

III: Course Linkage

The General Education Mission is to provide a core of critical life skills. AM 145 addresses four specific General Education Student Learning Objectives from all four major areas:


  • Students will leave the course with fluency in American Sign Language which will enhance their ability to communicate with members of general society that are Deaf and/or users of American Sign Language.
  • Understand how to best communicate with persons who use sign language and those who have various levels of hearing.


  • During this course, students will enhance their ability to analyze both English and American Sign Language from a linguistic, as well as cultural perspective.

Personal Development

  • Demonstrate ability to interact with those who have a different cultural and language background.
  • Throughout the course students will be demonstrating applied knowledge, personal skills development in both languages and apply current research to their daily professional and personal interactions.

Community Commitment

  • Students in this course will be asked to participate in many cultural and community events, thus demonstrating their enhanced knowledge of the Deaf Community and its corresponding language, American Sign Language.
  • Understand the diverse needs of persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, of deafened.
  • Use information presented in class to facilitate equal access communication opportunities for members of the deaf community

Scheduled AM-145 classes:

Fall 2019