Career & Technical Education > American Sign Language

General Information

I. Catalog Course Description

Prerequisites: AM146

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

II: Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Conduct according to the National Interpreter Certification and be able to apply this code to hypothetical situations;
  • Describe environmental factors which have an impact on the process of interpretation/transliteration;
  • Demonstrate strategies to manipulate environmental factors in order to facilitate and maximize communication;
  • Identify specific linguistic characteristics which may be observed at various points along the communication continuum;
  • Identify at least five settings and four populations of deaf clients, who might be involved, where interpreting services are frequently provided;
  • Explain the certification system used by the NIC, including components of the examination, evaluating members, and level of competency required for each type of certificate; and
  • Create a beginning portfolio of interpreting experience and education documentation.

III: Course Linkage

The General Education Mission is to provide a core of critical life skills. AM 201 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, or deafened.
  • Use information presented in class to facilitate equal access communication opportunities for members of the deaf community

Scheduled AM-201 classes:

Fall 2019