GENL 275
Introductory American Sign Language I

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual-gestural language that possesses all of the properties of a natural language. It is rule governed and has a rich history. This introductory-level course is designed to provide students with a way to communicate and function comfortably in a variety of situations in the Deaf community. Through visual-gestural activities, guided practice, presentations, and practical assignments, students will explore the language, education, and culture of the American Deaf community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and use target sign vocabulary expressively and receptively
  • Describe and distinguish the five parameters of a sign
  • Understand the importance of non-manual signals (NMS) in ASL
  • Develop expressive fingerspelling in short words and name
  • Identify technology and assistive devices used by people who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Know the diverse educational placement options for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Show awareness and respect for Deaf culture



Class Type

Graduate Course