American Sign Language/Interpreting (AMSL)



115 American Sign Language Level I  - 4 hours lecture, 4 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 115L.
Advisory:  English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skills Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for American Sign Language/Interpreting 100.
This is an entry-level course designed to introduce students to American Sign Language (ASL) and Fingerspelled Signs as it is used within Deaf Culture. Students are taught to use American Sign Language by signing, fingerspelled signing, using facial grammar at the novice level. Emphasis is placed on the development of ASL and receptive skills. The course is designed for students who want to explore the basic language structure of ASL and Deaf Culture.
(FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Corresponds to two years of high school study.

115L American Sign Language I (Lab) - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Grade Only)

Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 115.
Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for American Sign Language 100.
This laboratory course provides students with the opportunity to apply their American Sign Language (ASL) skills through an individualized program, small groups and large group environment. Students utilize interactive media to express their comprehension of basic ASL sentences and stories as well as their signing skills. Lab activities are designed to provide students the opportunity to practice vocabulary and syntax. This course is designed for students who want to explore the basic language structure of ASL and Deaf Culture. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

116 American Sign Language Level II  - 4 hours lecture, 4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite:  American Sign Language/Interpreting 115 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 116L.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for American Sign Language/Interpreting 101.
This course is a continuation of the study of American Sign Language (ASL) at the beginning intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on increasing development of students’ receptive and expressive skills through ASL vocabulary, fingerspelled signs and knowledge of Deaf Culture. Instruction includes a natural approach to teaching a second language by exposing students to authentic conversations in the classroom. This course is designed for students and/or professionals interested in working and interacting with Deaf people. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

116L American Sign Language II (Lab) 3 hours lab, 1 unit Grade Only

Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 116
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for American Sign Language 101.
This laboratory course provides students with the opportunity to apply their American Sign Language (ASL) skills through an individualized program, small groups and large group environment. Students utilize interactive media to express their comprehension of basic to intermediate ASL sentences and stories as well as to hone their signing skills. Lab activities are designed to provide students the opportunity to practice vocabulary and syntax at the intermediate level. This course is designed for students and/or professionals interested in working and interacting with Deaf people. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

215 American Sign Language Level III  - 4 hours lecture, 4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite:  American Sign Language/Interpreting 108 and 116, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 215L.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: American Sign Language/Interpreting 214 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for American Sign Language 200.
This third course in American Sign Language (ASL) is designed to enhance students’ receptive and expressive skills at an advanced intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on the ASL syntax, facial grammar, vocabulary, and fingerspelling skills that enable students to participate in increasingly more complex conversations with Deaf community members. Instruction utilizes a natural approach to teaching a second language by engaging students in authentic conversations within the classroom environment. Conversational content seeks to develop student knowledge and understanding of the Deaf community and its art and history. This course is intended for students or professionals interested in working and/or interacting with Deaf people. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

215L American Sign Language III - (Lab) 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Grade Only)

Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 215.
This laboratory course provides students with the opportunity to apply their American Sign Language (ASL) skills through an individualized program. Students utilize interactive media to express their comprehension of intermediate to advanced ASL sentences and narratives as well as to hone their signing skills. Lab activities are designed to provide students the opportunity to practice vocabulary and syntax at the intermediate to advanced level. This course is designed for students and/or professionals interested in working and interacting with Deaf people. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

216 American Sign Language Level IV  - 4 hours lecture, 4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 215 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 216L.
This fourth course in the study of American Sign Language (ASL) continues to build upon students’ receptive and expressive skills at the advanced level while expanding their knowledge of Deaf culture and the influences of other sign language systems. Emphasis is placed on advanced fingerspelling, ASL structure and vocabulary. Instruction utilizes a natural approach to teaching a second language by engaging students in authentic conversations within the classroom environment. This course is intended for students or professionals interested in working and/or interacting with Deaf people. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

216L American Sign Language IV - (Lab) 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Grade Only)

Corequisite: American Sign Language/Interpreting 216.
This laboratory course provides students with the opportunity to apply their American Sign Language (ASL) skills through an individualized program. Students utilize interactive media to express their comprehension of advanced ASL sentences and narratives as well as to hone their signing skills. Lab activities are designed to provide students the opportunity to practice vocabulary and syntax at the advanced level. This course is designed for students and/or professionals interested in working and interacting with Deaf people. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.