Course Cost: $99.00
After March 20, 2018: $109.00
Register by April 2, 2018
Instructor: Logan Evans
A Basic Course in American Sign Language,
American Sign Language Phrase Book,
The City of Stillwater
Conversational American Sign Language
Dates: Tuesdays, April 3 - May 15, 2018
This non-credit, introductory class is intended for the general public. Each class will include vocabulary, stories, and information about Deaf culture. Students will work with the instructor and peers during class activities to enhance their learning experience. Deaf culture lessons will be voiced to ensure full understanding. Exercise participation during the class is intended to measuring learning progression. Outside activities and assignments will help put into practice what students learn during class. Learners will be expected to think about the concepts of the English language and apply them to ASL accurately. Attendance is crucial to learning the language. During class, opportunities will be given for students to voice concerns, and request clarification. Instructor will provide background information on why signs are what they are. Deaf culture lectures will be voiced. Outside activities will put into practice what is learned within the classroom. Learners will be expected to think about the concepts of the English language, for instance what we mean by what we say, then apply this to ASL by accurately conveying the equivalent meaning. Attendance is crucial to learning! Time permitting, this course will cover chapters 1 to 9 in the textbook.
Course Information and Prerequisites
This class is generally appropriate for adults and those 14 and up
Policy on Attendance
Attendance: ASL is a visual, spatial language which is not easily learned from a book, therefore attendance in class is critical. Activities and dialogue will enable learners to internalize the vocabulary and then be able to converse with other students and apply to in class activities. Learners will be expected to be prepared for class by reading the chapter and coming with questions. Active learning will enhance the experience in the classroom. Dialogues and projects will help learners show what they know, but the real test is out in the community conversing with the Deaf. By holding meaningful conversations with them, one is retaining the information learned in class and is better equipped to continue learning from the Deaf community.
Mode/Style of TeachingThis is a visual language and class attendance is crucial to learning the language. ASL makes use of space, is not linear, and requires understanding of language both abstract and concrete. Dialogues will be used in class to learn vocabulary as well as the linguistic aspects of American Sign Language. Learners will be actively involved in classroom activities to learn the language. There will also be some lecture done in voice. Learners will also be asked to think about the English language, what do the words we use really mean—then this will translate into what concept we want to use in ASL to show equivalent meaning. ASL is based on concepts, what is it that we mean to say. This will also engage the learner to think about the language they use, the sign they select, and how they set up time and space to convey accurate conceptual meaning.
Course ObjectivesLearners are introduced to Deaf Culture as it is related to the chapters. Learners study the language through lessons presented in context and through meaningful and experiential activities. Learners will be able to demonstrate the following:
- To demonstrate basic expressive and receptive skills in fingerspelling.
- To demonstrate the ability to choose appropriate conceptually accurate signs.
- To demonstrate the ability to initiate, conduct, and appropriately end a short conversation in ASL using conversational regulators.
- To demonstrate the correct use of linguistic components of ASL.
- To demonstrate awareness of Deaf Culture through contextual settings.
- To demonstrate basic competency in the following: Topic-comment structure, numbers, usage of classifiers, making suggestions and requests, exchanging personal information, non-manual markers, and initiating and closing a conversation.
Exams and Major Assignments
This is a non-credit course, so no quizzes or tests. Grades will not be assigned. It is expected that you will actively participate in class dialogues.
About the Instructor
Logan Evans was born Deaf and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently he is studying Liberal Arts at Oklahoma State University as well as a minor in American Sign Language. Logan will pursue a master’s degree in International Studies with a focus on education. Upon completing his master’s degree, Logan will work toward becoming an ASL professor at Oklahoma State University.
About the Teaching Assistant
Taylor is a Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State University and works at the university as an instructor and sign language interpreter. Mrs. Woodall-Greene obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University all with a focus on education and critical studies of national education, comparative international education, and Deaf education. The current research focus consist of linguistic barriers and impacts on educational attainment of students from multiple cultural backgrounds.
Drop or refund policy
In the event you cannot attend the course, a 100% refund is available through 8 a.m. on the Monday of the week prior to the class start date. A 50% refund is available through Friday at 5 p.m. No refund is available on the first day of classes. Email or call for more information on dropping and adding non-credit classes offered through OSU Arts and Sciences Outreach.
If you have disabilities and need accommodation, please contact Student Disability Services at 405-744-7116.