GENL 276
Introductory American Sign Language II

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.


The above course(s) or permission from the instructor.

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