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American Sign Language

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This curriculum prepares individuals to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL), primarily with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students also study the U.S. Deaf community from a cultural perspective.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: The American Sign Language Career Studies Certificate (CSC) leads to employment opportunities primarily as a classroom aide or teacher assistant in “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” or “Hearing Impaired” K-12 programs. The content learned and skills attained may also form a foundation for further study in numerous careers, including the following: sign language interpretation, teacher of “Deaf and Hard of Hearing” children, American Sign Language instructor, linguistics, and Deaf studies. 

Preparation to become a sign language interpreter, as opposed to engaging in direct communication using ASL, is facilitated through completion of the American Sign Language – English Interpretation AAS degree.  Completion of the ASL CSC by May along with placement in ENG 111 satisfies the prerequisites to begin the ASL - English Interpretation AAS in spring/summer annually.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students must take ASL 100, Orientation to Acquisition of ASL as an Adult, during the first semester of study. Students must also begin language study with ASL 101 (ASL I), unless placed into a more appropriate level by the ASL and IE coordinator via the ASL placement test. Students must attain a grade of “C” or better as a final grade in a prerequisite ASL course before enrolling in a more advanced ASL course. The ASL CSC is a five-semester program of part-time study designed to develop intermediate fluency in conversational ASL and a working understanding of Deaf people as a cultural group. Designed to begin in fall with ASL 100 and ASL 101, the first four semesters are each comprised of two courses (6 credits) leading to completion in 21 months during the spring semester when successful students may begin Interpreter Education coursework, while completing the final ASL/INT elective (2 credits).

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COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

ASL 100

Orientation to Acquisition of ASL as an Adult

2

0

2

ASL 101

American Sign Language I

3

2

4

ASL 102

American Sign Language II

3

2

4

ASL 115

 Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL

 2

 0

ASL 125

History and Culture  of the Deaf Community I

3

0

3

ASL 2951

Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III

3

0

3

ASL 295

Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV

3

0

3

ASL 2201

Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English

 3

 0

 3

ASL ___2
or
INT ___2

ASL Elective
or
INT Elective

2

0

2

TOTAL

24

 4

26

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language  26

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1 ASL 295 - American Sign Language III and placement in ENG 111 (or approval of the ASL&IE coordinator) are the prerequisites for ASL 220.

Students may choose from a variety of ASL and INT courses to satisfy the ASL or INT elective.  For details please see the ASL&IE coordinator.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

ASL 100 Orientation to Acquisition of ASL as an Adult 2 cr.

Presents a brief introduction to the U.S. Deaf Community, focusing on the differences in language and literature. Introduces many common pitfalls experienced by adults when acquiring ASL as a second language. Provides students with experience bridging spoken English and ASL via use of visual-gestural, non-verbal communication. Introduces students to the various ASL and IE curricular options offered at Reynolds.Lecture 2 hours per week.

ASL 101 American Sign Language I 4 cr.

Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

ASL 102 American Sign Language II 4 cr.

Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, fingerspelling, and grammatical non-manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Part II of II.Prerequisite: ASL 101.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

ASL 115 Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 2 cr.

Provides intensive practice in comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy. Focuses on lexicalized fingerspelling and numeral incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language.Prerequisite: ASL 101 or program head placement.Lecture 2 hours per week.

ASL 125 History and Culture of the Deaf Community I 3 cr.

Examines the history of the Deaf Community and presents an overview of various aspects of Deaf Culture, including educational and legal issues.Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 195 Topics in ASL: Sign Tuning Lite 1 cr.

Provides an opportunity to diagnose areas of language weakness, including advanced and colloquial aspects of phonology, morphology, grammar/syntax, semantics, variation, and historical change.Prerequisite: ASL 201 or ASL 295 (ASL III).Co-requisites: None.Lecture 1 hour per week.

ASL 208 ASL for Classroom Settings 3 cr.

Provides extensive instruction of vocabulary and concepts used in content areas covered in elementary and high school classrooms. Focuses on comprehension and production of content-related information in American Sign Language with emphasis on sign production clarity and conceptual accuracy.Prerequisite: ASL 102 or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 210 ASL Storytelling 3 cr.

Focuses on the elements of storytelling in American Sign Language and the techniques that deaf individuals utilize to pass on the histories and traditions of the deaf community. Emphasizes comprehension and production of short stories in American Sign Language with emphasis on sign production clarity and conceptual accuracy.Prerequisite: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 212 Advanced Fingerspelling and Number Use in ASL 2 cr.

Provides intensive practice in advanced comprehension and production of fingerspelled words and numbers with emphasis on clarity and accuracy. Focuses on lexicalized fingerspelling and numeral incorporation as used by native users of American Sign Language.Prerequisites: ASL 102 and ASL 115 or program head placement.Lecture 2 hours per week.

ASL 220 Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English 3 cr.

Describes spoken English and ASL (American Sign Language) on five levels: phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactic, and discourse. Compares and contrasts the two languages on all five levels using real-world examples. Documents similarities between signed languages and spoken languages in general. Describes the major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL. Introduces basic theories regarding ASL structure. Emphasizes ASL's status as a natural language by comparing and contrasting similarities and unique differences between the two languages.Prerequisites: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III and ENG 111.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 225 Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community 3 cr.

Presents an overview of various aspects of literature common in the U.S. Deaf Community, including those forms written in English and those forms signed in ASL. Applies the recurring themes and metaphors in the context of the history of the U.S. Deaf Community.Prerequisites: ASL 125, ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV, ASL 220, and ENG 111.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 261 American Sign Language V 3 cr.

Develops advanced American Sign Language comprehension and production skills. Emphasizes advanced linguistic aspects of ASL. Presents ASL literary forms. Encourages contact with the deaf community. Part I of II.Prerequisite: ASL 295 --Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 262 American Sign Language VI 3 cr.

Develops advanced American Sign Language comprehension and production skills. Emphasizes advanced linguistic aspects of ASL. Presents ASL literary forms. Encourages contact with the deaf community. Part II of II.Prerequisite: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV or program head placement.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 295 Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III 3 cr.

Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects, including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part I of II.Prerequisite: ASL 102 or permission of instructor.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 295 Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV 3 cr.

Develops vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects, including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Encourages contact with the Deaf Community to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. Part II of II.Prerequisite: ASL 295 --Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ASL 295 Topics in American Sign Language: Sign Tuning 3 cr.

Provides an opportunity to explore various language elements in ASL, including advanced and colloquial aspects of phonology, morphology, grammar/syntax, semantics, variation, and historical change.Prerequisite: ASL 295 -- Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III.Co-requisites: ASL 125 and ASL 220.Lecture 3 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Brenda Thornton American Sign Language CSC BThornton@reynolds.edu 804/523-5623

 

Common Job Titles1: Court Interpreter; Deaf Interpreter; Educational Interpreter; Interpreter; Medical Interpreter; Paraprofessional Interpreter; Sign Language Interpreter; Spanish Interpreter; Technical Translator; Translator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 342

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $29,400 - $71,200


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.