May 22, 2019  
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASL 115 - American Sign Language IV

3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on building and expanding the communication skills developed in the American Sign Language III course. Students will continue to develop their receptive and expressive skills in ASL, expand their vocabulary base and learn more complicated sentence structures. They will also learn appropriate cultural behaviors for directing and maintaining attention. Students will also learn strategies such as controlling the pace of a conversation and resuming conversations after an interruption.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 110  

Semesters Offered: Spring


This course is designed to build upon the topics, vocabulary and grammar introduced in Level I through Level III in order to increase students’ conversational fluency in American Sign Language. 


  1. Demonstrate and appropriately use descriptive classifiers for shapes, patterns, and textures.

  2. Demonstrate and appropriately use instrument classifiers.

  3. Select and use appropriate non-manual markers and descriptive classifiers with regard to size and perspective.

  4. Demonstrate differences between symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes and how to describe them using appropriate classifiers and non-manual markers.

  5. Select the appropriate sign vocabulary, classifiers, non-manual markers and sentence structure to describe an object by how it looks, how it works, or how it is made.

  6. Demonstrate and appropriately use element classifiers.

  7. Demonstrate understanding of the “FINISH” idiom in a “when clause.”

  8. Demonstrate ASL fluency and turn-taking skills.

  9. Demonstrate behaviors for controlling the pace of an ASL conversation.

  10. Demonstrate and utilize appropriate response behaviors in an ASL conversation.

  11. Demonstrate a culturally correct way to discuss deafness in a family.

  12. Express fluency in ASL in order to make connections between people and promote continuity.

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