You should have completed ASL 041, 043, and 051 or 3 semesters of ASL prior to taking this course. There are no other prerequisites.
In this course, you will
A webcam is necessary to complete required signing appointments. A headset/mic and speakers will also be helpful, but are not required. For optimal connection speeds during signing appointments, it is recommended that you use a hard-wired, high-speed Internet connection.
Each unit starts with an overview of the dialogue you’ll be studying and practicing. You’ll learn about the dialogue, read it in English, break it down into individual signs and sentences, and then explore it as a complete dialogue in ASL. You’ll also learn something about Deaf culture in every unit. This process helps take you through learning step by step, starting with your understanding in English and ultimately leading to your understanding in the target language (ASL). Just like scaffolding builds upon the layers below it, this course will continue building on what you already know, which then helps support you as you continue to learn more! In addition to the daily lesson content, every unit has a unit signing appointment and a unit quiz to test your mastery of the unit content.
This course also includes a course orientation video. You must complete the orientation quiz before continuing in the course. More information is available on the Orientation Quiz page.
There is a quiz at the end of every unit for a total of 10 quizzes. The quizzes are comprehensive; they include videos that test vocabulary and concepts taught in the current unit as well as the units leading up to the current unit. As every unit builds upon the last, it is important to continue practicing and revisiting vocabulary, grammar, and other concepts throughout your journey learning ASL. You are allowed to retake your quizzes one time, with no penalty. The highest score will count toward your final grade. Unit quizzes make up 30 percent of your final grade.
The Conversation Café is a virtual room where conversation practice and signing appointments take place. Minimal English is used in the Café. Activities are moderated by a TA/instructor. Hours of the Café are posted on the Communication and Conversation Café page. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn! Before you complete your signing appointment, you must spend some time practicing in the Conversation Café. You must complete the first Conversation Café to move on in the course.
Signing appointments are graded oral assessments. You will be required to complete certain language tasks or have a dialogue with the TA/instructor during your signing appointment. A signing appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you move on to the next unit. TA-graded signing appointments are completed on a first-come, first-served basis (no scheduling) in the Conversation Café room. The second, seventh, and final exam signing appointments will be scheduled with your instructor and will take place in the instructor’s virtual room. These appointments require a photo ID and a webcam. If you are not able to keep your scheduled appointment, you must reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours before the appointment. If you fail to show up at your scheduled time, you will receive a 0.
A grade will be posted within 24 hours of the appointment. The lowest score from all of your signing appointments will be dropped. (This does not include the final signing appointment.) See “Grading” below to see what percentage of your final grade the signing appointments are on.
We strongly encourage you not to use notes during your signing appointments. That will help you be better prepared for the final signing appointment where no notes are allowed. Note: You should complete all signing appointments in the correct order. For more specific information about each signing appointment, please refer to each assignment in the course.
You will prepare two presentations that you will share with your insructor and a small audience. You need to submit your written presentation to your instructor, including sources for your research/findings, before your appointment takes place. Your presentations count for 10 percent of your final grade.
In your course, under Course Resources, you will find a student discussion board, course wiki, expansive dictionary , and other useful helps. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment, or to post relevant information for the course.
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There are two parts to the final exam: a final signing appointment and a final written exam. Your final signing appointment will be in the same format as the others you’ve had in the course and must be completed before you request your written exam.
The written final exam is a proctored test that will cover the same material found in your quizzes. It has 30 questions. There is no time limit. If you study the course material, the assignments, and the Final Exam Preparation section in your course, you should be adequately prepared for the test. The final exam, both parts combined, is worth 30 percent of your final grade. Notes will not be allowed during your final signing appointment. If you use notes during the final signing appointment, you will receive a 0 grade and fail the course.
Your final grade will be broken down as follows:
|Assignment||Portion of Final Grade|
|10 Unit Quizzes||30%|
|8 Signing Appointments||30%|
|1 Final Exam and 1 Final Signing Appointment||30%|
|E (fail)||59 or below|
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10 unit quizzes (may retake once), 10 signing appointments. The lowest signing appointment score will be dropped; the assignments and the exam may not be resubmitted.
1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 60 percent on each.
Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.
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