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2017-2018 Catalog Year
AM-216: Receptive ASL

General Information

  • Name: Receptive ASL
  • Discipline: Deaf Studies
  • Units (Credits): 4
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: AM 147

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

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.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, student will incorporate the following skills into their conversational and conventional signing skills:

  • Receptive fluency with a wide variety of signers from different backgrounds, ages, cultures and regions.
  • Strategies for understanding messages using the Cloze procedure.
  • Knowledge of various methods for requesting clarification, repetition or fingerspelling comprehension.
  • Expansion of vocabulary to include slang, regional and social signs.
  • Understanding the importance of cultural traditions, diversity and ethics in the modern world.
  • Acquiring 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 216 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-216 classes:

Fall 2017