Jan 26, 2021  
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASL 100 - American Sign Language I

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on the development of communication skills and cultural sensitivity necessary to communicate successfully with members of the deaf community. Students will be introduced to the study of American Sign Language. Students will begin to develop receptive and expressive skills in ASL and learn basic vocabulary and grammatical structure.

Prerequisite(s): COM 021  or ESL 020 , COM 050  or COM 051  or ESL 050  

Semesters Offered: Fall


This course is designed to give students an introduction to American Sign Language and the deaf culture.


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL).

  2. Compare and contrast Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Cultures.

  3. Utilize appropriate facial grammar for basic (ASL) sentences and questions.

  4. Demonstrate sensitivity to the individual communication needs of people with hearing loss.

  5. Select and employ appropriate terminology when talking about people with hearing loss.

  6. Trace the history of American Sign Language.

  7. Reproduce basic sentence structure in ASL appropriately.

  8. Spell three letter English words expressively and receptively in ASL.

  9. Name the multiples of 5 (to 100) in ASL.

  10. Explain and demonstrate the concept of an ASL classifier.

  11. Express the concept of negation in ASL.

  12. Use space appropriately in front of the signer’s body to convey meaning.

  13. Differentiate between personal, possessive, and dual pronouns in ASL.

  14. Identify and employ non-manual markers in ASL.

  15. Apply the agent/person marker appropriately in ASL.

  16. Distinguish the differences between questions with a yes or no answer and questions asking for more information (i.e., who, what, where, why, etc.)

  17. Tell name in ASL.

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